Food For Us team working through the application with Mxumbu Youths co-op
The visit to Worcester was incredibly insightful for the Food for Us research team, and it provided a good overview of the Western Cape context for our overseas guests.
The Eastern Cape portion of the visit was equally fruitful as it gave the project team, Mr Koide and Ms Chan an opportunity to go through the detailed structure of the project in great depth. The focus was on working towards a scalability model for the future of the application.
Following the meeting at the ELRC in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape on the Friday morning, the team travelled to Alice, Eastern Cape, to meet with the Raymond Mhlaba Development Agency (RMDA) to discuss the role out of the application in the Raymond Mhlaba Municipality. This meeting was lead by Mr Mali and Mr Dongi (The RMDA Chairman and project manager respectively) who described the RMDA’s involvement in the Food For Us pilot project and the progress made in the Raymond Mhlaba area thus far.
Some of the trial participants from the Mxumbu Youth Co-operation also joined the meeting to meet our guests and discuss the challenges and potential value that they have observed from starting to work with the application. The team spent the remainder of the afternoon working through the application with the Mxumbu Youth participants as a form of informal application training. The team also used this opportunity to pinpoint any further technical challenges that the participants may be experiencing while using the application.
This visit to Alice provided Mr Koide and Ms Chan a chance to meet the participants of the trial and to understand the context in which they work, noting the stark difference between the Eastern Cape and Western Cape context.
The week of field trips and project meetings was a fantastic opportunity for the project team to share the work that has been done on the project this far. It also provided an opportunity to reflexively look at the goals of the project and how the team is hoping to achieve them. We thank Mr Koide and Ms Chan for their insight and enthusiasm to fully engage in our project. We look forward to showing you our progress in your next visit!
By Sarah Durr, M.Ed researcher