From a farmer’s hard labour to a child’s bowl, JAM takes an active role; from planting all the way to the delivery into a community for feeding or a buyer for resale. JAM has the agricultural expertise, logistics systems, and processing facilities to make this happen effectively.
Through the Agricultural Development programme, JAM equips local communities with the tools needed to improve their nutrition, increase education and sustain themselves through innovation and the use of their natural resources.
JAM field staff as well as government extension agents are empowered with agricultural interventions and skills.
Learners, teachers, PTA’s and community members are educated through the following:
Community Garden Programmes
- School garden implementation
- Agricultural training in school curriculums
- Inclusion in the project cycle
- Medicinal plant growing taught in selected schools.
- Processing of agricultural products (Agroprocessing) to ensure maximum food security during dry periods of the year.
JAM is constantly looking at even greater agricultural interventions in community gardening and larger scale agriculture to help effect change within the communities for the future.
We work together with the Ministries of Agriculture, Social Development and Health in ensuring that livelihoods are sustained in areas surrounding where the nutrition related programmes are being carried out.
We currently have 100 backyard gardens and one community garden operating in Orange Farm, Gauteng, South Africa.
Emerging Farmers Club
JAM has developed a young farmers club where young people selected within communities carry out sound agricultural interventions in partnership with us. These are later passed on to others who are not necessarily involved in the programme.
JAM has established school gardens at 45 schools in Inhambane (12), Gaza (11), Manica (11), and Sofala (11) provinces, as part of its feeding programme. This has resulted in the training of a total of 400 educators and 38 000 students. This is done in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA),the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Water and Energy Development (MoWED).
Within the Gauteng Province, JAM operates agricultural programmes in 14 schools and assists the Government Nutritional Feeding Programme by selling the extra vegetables produced to the community for income generation. We currently have 100 backyard gardens and one community garden operating in Orange Farm, Gauteng, South Africa.
10 school gardens have been established in Ganda and Cubal municipalities so far. Agreements about the land were made with local authorities and school principals.
FOOD PRODUCTION FACTORIES
- Produces a fully pre-cooked, vitamin and mineral enriched Corn Soy Blend (CSB)
- consisting of 65% corn, 25% soya and 10% sugar.
- Production capacity is 500 metric tons per month or 6 000 metric tons per annum.
- At full capacity, this factory utilizes 6 600 metric tons of raw commodities per annum.
In 2009 a UNICEF accredited Plumpy’nut production facility was added, with a capacity of 1 500 metric tons per annum. Plumpy’nut forms part of our Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) programme targeting those suffering from Acute Malnutrition.
Produces a nutrient rich corn and bean blend. Production capacity is 500 metric tons per month or 6 000 metric tons per annum. At full capacity, the factory can use 6 600 metric tons of raw commodities per annum.
Produces a fully pre-cooked, vitamin and mineral enriched Corn Soy Blend Plus (CSB Plus), consisting of 65% corn, 25% soya and 10% sugar. Production capacity is 32 000 metric tons per annum.