OneFarm Share, an online platform that connects farmers to feeding schemes, has delivered 1000 tonnes of fresh produce, which translates to four million meals for over 350 000 people in the country, in its first seven months of operation.
Launched by Standard Bank in partnership with agri-tech pioneers HelloChoice and non-profit organisation Food Forward SA, OneFarm Share is a digital match-making platform that links farmers from small to large with registered charity organisations that support feeding operations in impoverished communities.
Lungisa Fuzile, CEO of Standard Bank South Africa, says that the number of farmers signed up to the platform has increased (from 43 in February to 55 at end May) “as more farmers spread the word and appreciate the opportunity to tap into new markets while making a difference doing what they love: playing a part in feeding the nation”.
Grant Jacobs, CEO and co-founder of HelloChoice, explains that farmers really appreciate the convenience of donating through a single platform and trust OneFarm Share to get their nutritious produce contributions directly to hungry children and communities.
According to Fuzile, the initiative remains on track to meet its 2021 goal of increasing its impact by ten times to deliver 7400 tonnes of food across all nine provinces, enabling over 30 million nutritious meals for the needy.Read the full story here