Catching up with Prof Masika

  • Posted on: 17 November 2017
  • By: ARDRI

ARDRI recently met with Prof. Patrick Masika, who served as the Director of ARDRI from 2004 to 2014, to reminisce about his fondest memories and challenges while leading the Institute. Prof Masika is now the Principal of Fort Cox College of Agriculture and Forestry.

Study group initiative in Kumandzimdaka Village

  • Posted on: 5 May 2017
  • By: ARDRI

The study group initiative in Kumanzdimdaka, initiated by ARDRI in partnership with The Land Project, has been underway since February this year. It is the first time that a Farmer Field School-style study group is being conducted in the village. So far the signs are promising. Members of the study group have come up with the name of the group, which is Masincedisane, meaning ‘let’s help each other’. The group has also developed a constitution to govern the group as it proceeds.

Eastern Cape Farmers’ Association information sharing and workshop

  • Posted on: 5 March 2017
  • By: ARDRI

The Eastern Cape Farmers’ Association (ECFA) held a two-day information sharing and strategy In King Williams Town on 30 and 31 January2017. Although not the first, such meetings involving ECFA and the main associations from the six districts are relatively rare. The workshop was sponsored The Agricultural Research and Development Institute with support from the Programme to Support Pro-poor Policy Development (PSPPD) and the European Union.

Bee farming buzzing to the next level in Hala Village

  • Posted on: 5 March 2017
  • By: ARDRI
Farmers off-loading the new hives with the NGO personnel

Saturday the 11th of February 2017 was a day filled with hope and excitement for bee farmers (Apiarists) of Hala village as they were receiving new bee hives. The bee farming project began when the when the Health Catchment Alliance, a non-governmental partnership made up of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa-WESSA, Endangered Wildlife Trust-EWT and Conservation South Africa- CSA, approached Dr. SFG Yusuf and Dr.