Small Holder Development

 

About Us

 

DIRECTORATE: SMALL-HOLDER DEVELOPMENT

 

AIM:  To improve on the production systems and development support of smallholder farmers (producers) in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors to achieve food security and sustainable livelihoods for all.

 

FUNCTIONS:

 

  • Provide guidelines for development of existing and new small-holder farmers (“farmers’ has been changed to “producers” to accommodate the fishermen and the foresters).
  • Provide Programmes for support and graduation.
  • Set norms and standards for viable farmer settlement programmes.
  • Provide programmes for support and graduation.
  • Monitor and evaluate policies and programmes.
  • Co-ordinate activities that are cross cutting with other entities.
  • Develop and promote national policy and standards for household food security.
  • Facilitate the design and planning of household food security  programmes.

The guiding document currently is the developed Strategic Plan for Smallholder Support (SPSS) which will be endorsed by DEXCO. This SPSS seeks to improve coordination of support to smallholder producers by aligning and adjusting support functions to the benefit of the smallholder sector.

 

Towards the fulfillment of Outcome 7 which states that government should ensure vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities and food security for all. Output 1 of Outcome 7 refers to sustainable agrarian reform with the sub-output that the number of smallholder producers should be increased from a baseline of 200 000 to 250 000 within a period of five years. During the 2011/12 financial year a total of 21 192 smallholder producers were identified for support against an annual target of 15 000 and their needs captured whilst a total of 18 671 smallholder producers were identified for the 2012/13 financial year against an annual target of 15 000. Details of the information are provided in the tables below.

The directorate will continuously update this information via the learning and sharing platform that has been discussed with DAFF ICT for future use.

 

Table 1: 2011/12 smallholder producer summary

 

PROVINCE

Q2

Q3

Q4

TOTAL

FS

234

131

1327

1692

GP

3

53

137

193

KZN

46

82

2638

2766

NW

971

857

181

2009

MP

162

1816

3911

5889

LIMPOPO

408

6318

398

7124

EC

 

614

72

686

WC

151

229

354

734

NC

 

99

99

TOTAL

1975

10 199

9 018

21 192

 

 

Table 2: 2012/13 smallholder producer summary

PROVINCE

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

TOTAL

FS

714

528

190

164

1596

GP

151

49

24

85

309

KZN

80

997

103

1657

2837

NW

853

642

1653

45

3193

MP

734

113

206

77

1130

LIMPOPO

480

1652

4599

1105

7836

EC

39

653

210

116

1018

WC

60

189

63

19

331

NC

0

101

320

0

421

TOTAL

3111

4924

7368

3268

18671

 

VACANCY RATE: ZERO

The directorate’s clients

 

  • Smallholder producers within the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors
  • All the Provincial Departments of Agriculture (PDAs)

 

Contact person and contact details

 

Dr. Jemina Moeng

Director: Small Holder Development

Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries

Sefala Building, Room 332

503 Belvedere Street, ARCADIA, 0002

Tel: 012 319 8495; Cell: 082 884 2851; Fax: 012 319 8227