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WesBank is committed to supporting development initiatives that are directed towards the alleviation of poverty and the development of communities in South Africa.
The fund’s budget is largely dedicated to food security and agricultural livelihoods programming.
Food Security and Agricultural Livelihoods Programme
Food Security and Agricultural Livelihoods funding programme (FSALP) is informed by a long-term roadmap. A 15-year journey is envisaged, taking us to the year 2030. This aligns the programme strategy to that of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP). The route to 2030 is delineated by key milestones in 2019 and 2025, breaking the journey up into three equal portions of five years each. The fund is now embarking on the first five-year leg of the journey, beginning in 2015 and extending till 2019. This leg is referred to as the Masilimeni Programme.
The WesBank Fund has articulated a goal to be attained by the time we reach each milestone, as follows:
Vision for 2030
To make a definitive contribution to a key milestone cited by the NDP, namely: to achieve inclusive food security, where one-third of food consumed in South Africa is produced by small-scale and homestead farmers. This can only be achieved if South African communities, rural and urban, exhibit sustainable inclusive eco-systems of resilient food-productive micro-farming households.
Inclusive food security, where resilient small-scale farmers (working in economically-sustainable ecosystems) produce a significantly measurable proportion of the country’s fresh food. This can only be achieved if South African communities, rural and urban, exhibit sustainable inclusive ecosystems of resilient food-productive micro-farming households.
Goal for 2025
To grow networks of micro-farming households within targeted communities such that they are participating regularly and fully in local agricultural markets, thereby deriving livelihoods from their agricultural enterprise.
Goals for 2019: The Masilimeni funding programme
Goal 1: To grow a resilient network of micro-farming households in each targeted community by 2019.
Goal 2: To enable a resilient micro-farming hub in each targeted community by 2019.
On the horizon
The WesBank Fund is currently collaborating with the Department of Basic Education’s National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) to explore ways in which sustainable food production in South Africa’s public schools can be enhanced.
Application and reporting deadlines
Applications for the Masilimeni Programme (2015-2019) are now closed.
Masilimeni grant recipients
All Masilimeni grants must be reported on in the format required by the reporting form below. Please check your grant letter for the deadline of your report. The current reporting period runs from 1 January to 31 December 2015 with the report due by close of business on 29 January 2016.