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MDP RUAF launched the From Seed to Table (FStT) Program in January 2009 funded by the Government of the Netherlands, with substantial contributions from the regional and local RUAF partners. FSTT is a successor program of Cities Feeding for Future (CFF) which was ran from January 2005 to December 2008. The RUAF FSTT programme builds on the results of the RUAF (CFF).


The broad objective of the FSTT program is to consolidate the processes of multi-stakeholder policy making and strategic planning on urban agriculture initiated during the ongoing RUAF-CFF program, and to enhance the institutional capacities of participating urban producer groups/organizations, in order to facilitate the development of more sustainable urban farming systems, urban poverty alleviation, enhanced urban food security, social inclusion and empowerment of disadvantaged groups and enhanced recycling of urban organic wastes. The project is being implemented iglobally in 21 cities. In Eastern and Southern Africa, the program is being implemented in Cape Town (South Africa); Ndola (Zambia); and Bulawayo (Zimbabwe).


Components of FSTT


The FSTT project has several components. These include:

  1. FSTT innovation project
  2. The MSF strengthening and City Strategic Agenda upgrading
  3. UA finance study
  4. Monitoring and evaluation

The implementation of the project involves two local actors at the local level. The NGO FStT form the local team which oversees the implementation of the innovation project whilst the NGO MSF facilitates the activities of the Multi-stakeholder Forum (MSF) in close collaboration with the local authority. The regional coaches provide some back stopping to the local teams as they implement the project.



FSTT Innovation Project


The innovation project seeks to introduce some market oriented UA products in the pilot cities. The project works with 100 farmers in each city, who work with the local team and the coach to carry out a market survey which will ultimately lead to the selection of the option that will be implemented by the farmers. The project involves several capacity building activities at regional and local levels. A first regional workshop was held in Bulawayo in February following a global workshop in the Netherlands. This workshop was for the local teams from the participating cities in each region. The objective of the workshop was to train the local team from the NGO FStT so that they would understand the process and procedures for the diagnosis phase of the projects. The trained local teams then in turn train the local farmers in their cities as they implemented the diagnosis phase for identifying the market.

All the activities for identifying the marketable options have been completed in the three pilot cities. Bulawayo has identified poultry as potential options whilst Ndola has identified tomatoes as their options. Cape Town will continue with the basket of vegetables as their option.

The second part of the innovation project will involve the second global workshop in May. The objective is to share experiences on the diagnosis phase and prepare for the implementation of the identified options in the cities and the development of business plans for the options and other related activities in preparation for the implementation of the project. This will be followed by the regional workshop May to train the local teams for implementation.

Exchange visits amongst farmer groups are built in as part of the projects.


MSF and Upgrading of the City Strategic Agenda.


The second component involves strengthening of the MSF and upgrading of the City Strategic agendas on UA in each city. The MSF was created under CFF. Under FSTT the MSF’s tasks include upgrading the CSA formulated under CFF and the implementation of the activities thereof. It also involves refining the UA policies in each city and lobbying for their widespread dissemination and implementation.

UA Finance


A UA finance study will be undertaken to is to provide information, knowledge and clear recommendations that will serve to broaden collective and individual financing opportunities for poor urban and peri-urban producers in the pilot cities. The study will culminate in regional workshop to share experiences and this will lead to the design of a guarantee fund for UA.

Monitoring and Evaluation


Monitoring and evaluation are built into the project. Three types of monitoring are carried out. These include:

  • In-built monitoring carried out during the implementation of each activity. The lessons learnt from in-built monitoring are used to improve the implementation of the up-coming activities. Supervision missions are also undertaken by the regional office as part of in-built monitoring.
  • Impact monitoring – this is carried out over a long period of time to monitor the impact of the project against its started objectives and other long term unforeseen impacts. This is usually felt some time after the implementation of the project.
  • Outcome mapping – this deals with behavioural changes to the project’s boundary partners. In this case the partners who are assisting in implementing the FSTT projects in the cities – Abalimi in Cape Town, Ministry of Agriculture in Ndola, and World Vision in Bulawayo. The objective is to assess the influence of the project in changing the behaviour of these partners to UA.
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