Rural Horizons

  • Market analysis and access
  • South Africa
  • 2017
  • Rural Horizons is an online platform that was developed by Solidaridad to enable smallholder farmers to assess their farming practice against 4 pillars of sustainability including production, environmental, social and business. To determine optimal applicability in the context of smallholder farmers in South Africa, SKA piloted the Rural Horizons tool with 48 farmers in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces and made recommendations on how the tool could be improved to assist farmers to develop towards market readiness. The tool was also used to identify skills and knowledge gaps in the groups and to develop a training manual that farmers could use to support continuous improvement of their practises.