The City of Cape Town and the Philippi Economic Development Forum have signed a Memorandum of Agreement that sets out targets for the next 12 months in relation to PEDI’s work in urban agriculture.  The  MOA follows on from Council approving funding support of R 2,6 million for the current financial year, and will see 22 emerging farmers trained in organic farming methods this year. Pedi’s Philippi Urban Agriculture Academy (PUAA) trains emerging farmers to become fresh produce suppliers. The initiative has entered phase two, with the establishment of an ‘Agri-Hub’ for urban and small-scale farmers. At present the hub serves a network of
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Indego’s vision for the future of Philippi A fascinating insight into the possibilities that can be harnessed in the Philippi area are contained in this remarkable document researched and produced by Karen Harrison for Indego consulting services. This work was compiled in a presentation for a joint meeting of PEDI, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Provincial Department of Agriculture. This is worth a read. SEE THE FULL PRESENTATION  
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PEDI has welcomed the announcement by the Provincial Department of Agriculture that a study will be undertaken to understand the agricultural value of the Philippi Horticultural Area.
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The R3-million PEDI Urban Agriculture Academy was launched today in the precinct of the Philippi Fresh Produce Market, showcasing a ground-breaking organic vegetable growing system. This alternative to conventional farming has been welcomed as a model that can be economically transformative for the area which struggles with poverty and unemployment.
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Work is under way to create an emerging farmer training facility at the PEDI Urban Agriculture Academy in Philippi.
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PEDI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dhladhla Foundation to develop a Tunnel Farming operation in the heart of Philippi that will not only provide jobs for local residents, but will also eventually be the location of a training academy for emerging farmers.
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A thriving social and environmental start-up business is starting to make waves in Cape Town. Not only has Waste to Food managed to show that there is real commercial value in recycling our food waste, but the business has now been recognised with an award from the University of Stel-lenbosch’s Small Business Academy.
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