Intsika Agri Media was recently awarded for its transformation and development work by the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), during its recent annual conference in Durban.

Intsika, has positioned itself as a development entity that promotes targeted media and information solutions through public and private partnerships. The organisation aims to inform, educate and create awareness around contemporary issues that are important to farmers, communities and stakeholders.

Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) is one of the think-tanks lobbying for policies that will promote good nutrition in Africa. The organisation promotes effective Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources policies by; facilitating linkages and partnerships between government and civil society, building the capacity for policy analysis and policy dialogue in Africa, and supporting demand-driven policy research and analysis.

FANRPAN is operational in the Member States of Africa, including Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius,  Nigeria, Swaziland and Uganda,

Dr Tobias Takavarasha, FANRPAN CEO (Ad Interim) lauded the Intsika founders who undertook an interest in transformative and impact-driven outcomes, thus in many instances assisting non-profit-organisations halfway in the costs of media and communication services provided.

“We strongly believe that formal recognition is an incentive for individual and organisational efficiency and, more can be achieved if visionary people and organisations in Africa receive tangible support to realise their dreams of a food secure Africa.

We need to celebrate success so as to motivate scaling-up. We at FANRPAN strongly believe that poverty and hunger could be eradicated if African champions are formally recognized and their innovative interventions are scaled up,” Takavarasha said.

Over the year Intsika AgriMedia has created various platforms as part of its development initiatives, such as: Agripreneur South Africa (young farmers and entrepreneurship), Intsika AgriWorld (community, farmer and rural development) and AgriFood News Network (public awareness and targeted farmer information).

About the founders

Malixole Gwatyu

Malixole worked as a parliamentary correspondent for Media24 before he joined Landbouweekblad, Media 24 and South Africa’s leading Afrikaans agricultural magazine. After spending more than 10 years with the publication, he became a founding editor of Farming SA, the English agricultural publication started by Landbouweekblad. In 2014 Malixole represented Intsika AgriMedia on an Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program me of the Oklahoma State University’s — USA. The fellowship focused on education, communication and media in agricultural development.

Peter Mashala

Peter worked for Farmers’ Weekly Magazine, South Africa’s leading English agricultural magazine for seven years, first as a journalist then columnist and contributing editor running a developing farmer section of the magazine (New on the Land). At Farmers Weekly Peter’s work was focused on the emerging farmers and transformation. He joined the National Emergent Red Meat Producer Organisation (NERPO) and African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) as Manager for Communications and Stakeholder Relations. He co-founded Intsika Agri Media working part time in 2012.

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