Host Country Institutions:
Umthathi Training Project, SANBI - South African National Biodiversity Institute
http://www.gardenafrica.co.uk and http://www.africulture.co.za
PURPOSE: Support and enhance sustainable plant-based livelihoods that are underpinned by biodiversity in South Africa's Eastern Cape. GOAL:: Conservation of biodiversity through the development of an alternative supply of natural resources, and by affecting changes in local resource-use practice. SUMMARY:The Africulture Project was established to develop training and advocacy to support and enhance sustainable resource management and skills in the cultivation of traditionally used indigenous medicinal plants; to reduce stress on wild populations; to supply cultivated indigenous plants; and to develop an infrastructure to generate project income for long-term sustainability.
1. Production of indigenous plants to secure a sustainable supply for training for growers and supply of stock to micro-nurseries
2. Beneficiaries trained in indigenous plant cultivation pilot. Micro-nursery and agri- entrepreneurship courses developed.
3. Advocating sustainable traditional uses and appropriate recognition of plant based rights and practices
4. Information on changes in behaviour and plant use patterns arising from cultivation, training and advocacy activities