Buhle Farmers Academy: Training Agribusiness Entrepreneurs to Succeed
There are many thousands of emerging commercial farmers across Africa who have access to arable land, but don’t have the skills or support they need to grow a sustainable farming business. Buhle Farmers Academy is a non-profit organisation that trains, mentors and supports these aspiring farmers.
We offer holistic courses covering all the farming and management skills that new farmers need (see Prospectus for details), and trainees come from far and wide to learn at our campus near Delmas, South Africa. Our farmer support officers mentor as many of our graduates as possible, and we manage several programmes providing financial support to some of our most promising alumni.
Since we opened our doors in the year 2000 we have grown from strength to strength, and have now trained about 6 000 emerging farmers – half of them women and 65% of the youth – in vegetable, crops, poultry and livestock production, and mixed farming. Even better, about 12 000 jobs have been created due to Buhle, based on the assumption that for every new farmer established at least one additional job is created.
Buhle Farmers Academy Our Mission
Buhle’s mission is to train and supports aspiring farmers from across South Africa to run farming businesses that are both profitable and sustainable. The effect is that we are helping to alleviate poverty by creating jobs while helping to ensure food security.
Buhle Farmers Academy Training Programme
Buhle offers courses in vegetable, poultry, livestock production, and mixed farming (we also offer short courses on demand). We believe that we have developed best-practice in developing new farmers, in a model that has five essential pillars:
- A sound theoretical knowledge base in agricultural technology
- Competency-based practical skills training
- Training in farm business management
- Training in appropriate life skills
- Effective follow-up and support services.
For more information, please view the Prospectus.
Buhle graduates’ success story: Capital Agricultural Primary Cooperative
For further information please contact:
TEL: +27 (0)87 803 0563