Farmers in Magaliesburg, Khayelitsha and Soweto are part of a growing community of urban farmers who are using sustainable food systems to open up new opportunities in the market.
Izindaba Zokudla - which loosely translates to 'conversations about food' - is an action research project that seeks to counteract the dwindling interest of consumers in the quality of food they eat.
Speaking to 702's Azania Mosaka, Dr Naude Malan shared how the project aims to ensure food security while transforming the sector, and contributing towards developing the economy.
Listen to the conversation below:
The urban farmers I'm talking about here are usually farmers in townships and on abandoned open land... These are particularly neglected parts of our food system.— Dr Naude Malan, University of Johannesburg
The only other way is to find a niche in the market for these kind of products and it's astounding how high a price these things can command and it's possible for smaller farmers to produce in an efficient and effective way.— Dr Naude Malan, University of Johannesburg