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Indigenous solutions to local and global challenges

 

Why BOTFA?

 

Indigenous solutions to local and global challenges.

 

We believe in the importance of traditional knowledge and skills in offering solutions to the challenges that we face with rural poverty, soil health, biodiversity and climate change. Our traditional integrated farming systems are good for soil health and sustainable crop yields, while providing materials for cultural crafts and medicines.

We work to educate the young people in integrated farming, agroforestry and in barkcloth making, and plan to formalise this through apprentice schemes, to improve employment opportunities for the youth in our rural community.

 

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Seedling nursery

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Sapling orchard

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Mutuba tree (ficus natalensis)

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Integrated farming, with mutuba

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Community education programmes

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Barkcloth processing and training

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Stripping the inner bark

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Barkcloth processing

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Barkcloth sheets