South Africa Agribusiness/Extension Development Project, 1999-2000
Emerging small-scale farmers and other rural residents benefited from the Agribusiness/Extension Development Project in South Africa implemented by NIFA. This project, undertaken as a part of the United States- South Africa Binational Commission and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, assisted in developing institutional and human resources to support the successful and widespread emergence of small-scale farmers (primarily women) and stimulated economic growth and development in rural areas. NIFA collaborated with the South Africa National Department of Agriculture (NDA), agricultural universities and institutes, and private and government development agencies in the areas of agribusiness/extension development, cooperative development, and women and youth development.
The NIFA agribusiness/extension development project focused on providing education and training to a significant portion of the rural South Africa population that has been largely ignored by the previous government and educational institutions—the small and subsistence black farmer. The project focused on institutional change and capacity building to create an extension program to meet the unique needs of this critical target group. NIFA's project assisted in building capacity of the extension/university system to promulgate policies and carry out programs that address the agribusiness needs of underserved black farmers.