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About Food & Trees for Africa

Food & Trees for Africa is a leading Section 21 Social Enterprise that addresses the issues of food security and environmental sustainability. We emphasise education and skills training, which we integrate with sensitive mentorship and phased support. After 27 years of experience in South African social development, we understand what it takes to achieve real, long-term sustainability and want to make a positive difference to the lives of all South Africans.

We believe that food security and a healthy environment are fundamental human rights essential to our prosperity. There has never been a more important time to act for the good of the planet and South Africa!



Started in 1990, FTFA is a South African, non-profit social enterprise with the following core objectives:
  • To contribute to food security, greening, natural resource management and sustainable business.
  • Education and training of learners, teachers and communities.
  • Promotion of environmental activities, within all sectors of society.  
  • Promotion of sustainable economic development, improved environments, and enhanced livelihoods. 
  • Building capacity and skills within agriculture, urban forestry and climate change adaptation. 
FTFA has distributed 4.5 million trees, facilitated the creation of thousands of natural food gardens and mentored some of the most successful small-scale, emerging farmers in the country. 

FTFA works in partnership with the private sector, government, aid agencies, other non-profit organisations, media and individuals. We believe that working with these sectors will solve issues relating to environment, food security and sustainable livelihoods.

This approach leads to healthier lives for impoverished communities, more sustainable green environments and increased awareness of how we, as human beings, impact the planet and what we can do to address this.

FTFA has seven recognised programmes:
  • Food Gardens for Africa
  • FEED Africa (Farmer Eco-Enterprise Development)
  • Trees for All
  • Trees for Homes
  • Bamboo for Africa
  • The EduPlant School Programme
  • African Climate Reality Project

Company Information

Registered Name: Food & Trees for Africa NPC
Company Number: 1991/001061/08
PBO Number: 18/11/13/4520
Head Office Address: 94 Bessemer Street, Wendywood, Johannesburg, 2194
Postal Address: PO Box 2035, Gallo Manor, 2052
BBBEE: Level 1 Contributor
SED Analysis:
100% Black Beneficary Base 

Board of Directors
Ms Nosizinzo (Mpho) Mahanyele - Chairman
Mr Joshua Mahlangu - Vice Chairman
Mr Mike Edwards  - Financial Director
Mr Dinga Mncube
Mrs Isla Feldman

Ms Tanya Visser
Prof Janice Limson
Mr Chris Wild - Executive Director

Mr Keith Kirsten 
Mrs Graca Machel 
Mrs Judy Sexwale 
Dr Sam Motsuenyane

Grant Thornton
Legal Consultants: Werksmans Attorneys
Labour Consultants: SEESA


Bank Details
Bank: Nedbank 
Branch number: 159805 
Account Name: Food & Trees for Africa
Account number: 1598020919 

Notable Awards

  • United Nations Global 500 Laureate
  • Sasakawa Climate Change
  • 2 x SEED (Sustainable Environmental Economic Development) Awards
  • Nelson Mandela Forestry Award
  • Department of Environmental Affairs Conservation Award
  • Mail & Guardian Chairman’s, Green Trust & Investing in the Future Awards
  • Impumelelo Social Innovation Award
  • SAB Environmentalist Award
  • Eskom Chairman’s Award
  • International Chevron Conservation Award
  • Arbour Day Foundation Award (USA)
  • Sangonet Social Media Award
    Moola for Amanzi; COP19 - Climate Change Award

Recent Accolades
  • Mentor of Limpopo Young Farmer of the Year (2013)
  • Mentor of South African Co-Op of the Year (2015)
  • IDC Project of the Year (2015)
  • SEED Award (2016) 
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