Western Cape residents who are making a significant impact on food security in their communities were honoured for their achievements this week.
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture hosted its Food Garden Competition in Suurbrak on 7 December.
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, attended the competition, which is linked to World Food Day.
Launched in 2011, the initiative seeks to raise awareness around community participation in finding solutions to food security and hunger.
Fifty-nine household and community gardens entered the competition. Entrants were assessed on criteria which included garden practices, variety of crops, conservation measures and innovation.
Winners received cash prizes to further grow their gardens.
Please see below for the full list of winners:
Winner: Suurbrak Community Garden
Runner-up: Birds of Paradise
Second runner-up: Santa Community Gardens
Household food garden – Suurbrak
Winner: Vincent Kock
Runner-up: Surney Siegelaar
Second runner-up: Fransina Pretorious
Household food garden – Buffelsjagsrivier
Winner: David Mtusayi
Runner-up: Demond Pieterse
Second runner-up: Felix Titus
Special awards were given to Lisa Perold, Jan Sebybo, Morne Kellies and Floris Meloy.
Minister Winde said South Africa’s undernourishment level remains close to five percent. Minister Winde added that equipping residents with the skills they needed to produce their own food was key.
“Giving residents the tools they need to buffer their communities against food insecurity is an important focus for the Western Cape. This is why the Provincial Department of Agriculture supports household and food garden initiatives across the province. In this financial year, we have committed R12 million to a range of these projects.”