The Nelson Mandela Museum, in partnership with Siyakhana Growth and Development, are establishing a project of Human Rights Gardens in the Qunu village, along Nelson Mandela Heritage Trail. This project is being piloted in Qunu Junior Secondary School, Milton Mbekela High School and Qunu Clinic, which were identified as the pilot sites. The objective of this initiative is to alleviate poverty and ensure food security. It will also contribute in the school nutrition programme and community beneficiation. The sites will be seen as eco-tourism centres for tourists that are visiting the museum.
The partnership will be exploring the wider agricultural value chain and there have been some engagements with the community, who have expressed much interest in having food gardens on these sites and their homesteads. For maintaining the gardens, the schools and School Governing Bodies will take responsibility and it is envisaged that the partnership between the museum and Siyakhana will benefit the community of Qunu
During the site evaluation, soil physical characteristics were analyzed up to a depth of 40cm, which is the average root zone for most vegetables. The analysis showed that the soil is suitable for vegetable production.
Siyakhana has made a commitment of sharing experiences and expertise in the museum’s initiative, and to offer AgriSETA accredited training or general attendance training to those who will participate in the activities of the Human Rights Gardens. The museum will undertake steps to secure the sustainability of the project.