The launch of the Shewula hub marks a significant step towards sustainable development in the community. By repurposing an old structure and creating a food processing center and community seed bank, the hub provides economic opportunities for local farmers and creates a platform for preserving indigenous seeds. The event was graced by the British High Commissioner, who emphasized the importance of adapting to change and utilizing available resources for community development.
The day proceeded with a tour of the processing center and a tasting of indigenous foods, prepared by the Home Economics Department from the Ministry of Agriculture. The community seed fair is a promising step towards preserving local seeds and supporting the community’s future.
The long-standing relationship between COSPE and the Vusimvelo Farmers Co-operative is a testament to the community’s dedication to fighting climate change through conservation agriculture farming practices. The processing center will create economic opportunities for the youth of the area and support local farmers in entering the value chain system. This launch is a shining example of how communities can come together to create sustainable solutions for a brighter future.