It’s Time to Get Behind Hope

GWANISHI is rooted in Africa and so are our plants. Our goal is not only to restore the land but also the human cultures associated with it.

Need for Land Restoration in South Africa’s Cape Regions

Decades of excessive livestock browsing have resulted in the degradation of Gwanishi thicket vegetation in parts of the Eastern and Western Cape provinces of South Africa. The loss of plants, and their ability to isolate carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and store this in their stems and roots, has resulted in a reduction in soil quality and ecosystem carbon stock. We are all poorer for this loss.

After an extensive drought in this region, the land is wasted space. It no longer provides employment and revenue, and the communities in these areas have lost all hope. As temperatures continue to rise due to climate change, this land will become an uninhabitable desert.

Without the landscape approach we are not going to achieve what the IPCC has set as a goal –Rachel Kyte, Vice President, Climate Change Group, World Bank

Our Pilot: Reedsdale Regeneration – South Africa

Reedsdale Regeneration is located in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The farm has survived one of the worst droughts in recorded history, on a strong footing. Andrew Bowker’s model on Reedsdale Farm has proved that regenerative agriculture supports job retention and rural empowerment. His ambition is to take this model to the next level for the Eastern Cape community. This need for a next step resulted in the formation of Gwanishi.


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