The Food for Us researchers have been incredibly busy meeting with participants and holding workshops over the last few months.
Steff Swanepole, who is based in the Western Cape, has been visiting the Worcester Food for us site on a regular basis, helping the users to become familiar with the new platform. Through one on one training sessions, Steff has been able to assist the local community farmers in posting some of their produce to the application.
Sarah Durr, who is based in the Eastern Cape, working in the Raymond Mhlaba community, has been working in partnership with the Amanzi for Food project, to broaden the user base of the Food for Us application. Sarah has been meeting with local farmers to understanding their local challenges and practices. Sarah has also managed to encourage one of the youth co-operative leaders, Xolisa Dwane, to become a champion of the application in the local community. A successful ‘#Match making’event was held in April of this year which has lead to a number of important relationships being built in the community to facilitate more communication between buyers and seller of produce.