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|Poverty eradication project on indigenous agro food processing in Molemole Local Municipality of Limpopo Province, South Africa
|Masipa, Makgoshi P.
Jideani, Afam I.O.
|Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
|This article highlights the importance of skills development and training for empowering unemployed men, women and youth in entrepreneurial activities, based on experience gained from the Molemole Indigenous Food Processing Cooperative (MIFPC), established in 2006 in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. The establishment of this cooperative was propelled by the availabilty of indigenous prickly pears and marula wild fruits, which can be utilised for commercial purposes. The objective is to improve people's livelihoods in an area which is characterised by high rates of unemployment and semi-skilled labourers. The MIFPC establishment is also in accordance with the policy on recognition and promotion of indigenous knowledge systems launched by the Department of Science and Technology in South Africa. The policy emphasizes the use of people centred pedagogy as it maximises locally available skills, and aims at empowering the poor to learn by themselves. The MIFPC consists of eight women and two men and produces marula jelly, prickly pear jam, juice and peanut butter. Orders for these product come from the government, the private sector and local community members. The project encourages the development of entrepreneurial skills, which are seen as important for the eradiction of poverty in the area. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]