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About the Land Summit

The National Land Summit brought together various stakeholders to engage on possible solutions to the subject of land and agriculture.  The Summit explored existing workable solutions and models that have been implemented in different parts of the country as a starting point to learn, unlearn and innovate a harmonious narrative of National Cohesion.   

The Challenges: 

  • Every farm is a struggle for survival.  (Tunnel vision, fear) 

  • We have lost our Biblical Christ-centered Creational Purpose 

  • Welfare state and culture of entitlement, secularism, 

  • Antagonistic protests & violence, division & hate.

  • Economic meltdown 

  • Aging mentor-base, lack of knowledge transfer

  • Immigrating know-how, takes generations to replace

  • Youth unemployment, difficult access to Commercial Agriculture

  • Broken trust at all levels

  • Threat of expropriation without compensation

  • Titling will take 700 years 

  • Farmers receive an average of 10% of sale price

  • Farmers struggle to remain profitable, mitigating risks

  • Consumer demands but not paying more

  • More vertical control raise costs

  • Rapid growth in up-skill needed precision farming 

  • Closed geographical/commodity/value chain group

  • Lack of infrastructure enabling environment

  • Alarming growth of Informal settlements 15-16 Million People

    The ultimate test of any religion, ideology or worldview is the benefits it ultimately brings to the poor, the marginalized and oppressed.  If we say we are Christians, we have to take poverty seriously.

    New Perspective

    (by growing in current and on-going understanding)

    New Prerogative

    (to give and serve as primary driving factor)

    New Practices

    (by documenting current working models and working on creative models)

    WHAT DO WE DO?

    • Reform the Agriculture industry’s Christ-centred redemptive purpose. 

    • Regenerative / Restorative Agriculture (Heal the Land / heal the people) 

    • Inspire faith to take action, after hearing from God. 

    • Catalysts towards change of heart / world-view / paradigm.  

    • Sharing and stimulation of innovations, and ideas. 

    • Master-mind-type thinktank collaborate to search for specific solutions.

    • Unite diversities through relationship. 

    • Showcase stories of hope (Christ-centred models of land reform practise). 

    • Gather relevant scriptural and practical study data, and publish reports. 

    • Build and maintain database of like-minded farmers and individuals. 

    • Communicate frequently information transfer and debate. 

    • Linkages to specialized financial, legal, human, social, government support. 

    • Initiate local collaborative “ilima” HUB/cluster-type initiatives/forums through Father-type leaders.

          REALY, WHAT DO WE DO?

          • We do regional Summits
          • We do weekly specialized problem solving thinktanks. 
          • We do communicate regularly through written blogs.
          • We do locate relevant information in one place. 
          • We do give voice to the voiceless farmer, farmworker, and prospecting student.

          Solution #1 Healthy Relationships 1st

          From a Biblical perspective poverty is defined as relational well being and not in monitory terms. According to the Bible the greatest poverty known to man is: 

          • Not knowing God – Poverty of Intimacy
          • Not knowing my true self  – Poverty of Being
          • Not knowing the reciprocal intimacy of family – Poverty of Trust
          • Not connecting as a community – Poverty of Security
          • Not valuing the available natural resources around us – Poverty of  Stewardship

          Solution #2 Laws & Policies for the People

          Laws begin in the heart first: Common Good, Dignity of All, Stewardship 

          • Equity not Equality
          • Impartial 
          • Non-violence
          • Non-partisan
          • Non-racist
          • Non-reactionary
          • Freedom of choice
          • Intrinsic Worth
          • Sanctity of life
          • Personal responsibility

          Solution #3 Start local & decentralise

          • Decentralize mandate to people in locality 
          • Local ‘national-father-type-leaders’ who have proven their accountability and integrity in community rise to lead process. 
          • Asset-based developmental ministry, asset mapping instead of problem census 
          • Developmental process cannot be ignored 
          • Participative functional leadership replace paternalism 
          • Farm public, private, people partnerships 
          • Form and help fund a unified social upliftment program in locality

          Solution #4 Vibrant rural economic development

          • Slow small to great growth process – faithfulness is rewarded 
          • Apprenticeships & mentoring, master-farmers knowledge transfer
          • Work4ALiving – make the unemployed more employable
          • Continual, multi-level, multi-disciplinary, holistic training initiated by farmers
          • Form cluster farms, or small cooperatives
          • Gain direct direct access to market through producing food with integrity 
          • Keep value-chain local, upskill local people

          New Nation Agricultural

          Thinktank

          Jan Oosthuizen

          Social Entrepreneur

          Hennie Viljoen

          Amos Agrimin (Farmer)

          Berné Leuvennink

          Beulah Africa

          Jack Amour

          Agri-Freestate

          David Ortlepp

          African Collaborates

          Annelie Rossouw

          Rural Development

          Nokubonga Ndima

          Future Farmers

          Dave Turner

          Farmer / Pastor

          JB Wessels

          Amos Weskaap