The SA Urban Food & Farming Trust works through food and farming to strengthen South Africa’s urban communities and the ecosystems that sustain them.

WATCH: A profile of the SA Urban Food & Farming Trust produced by the International Civil Society Centre with support from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s Strong Cities 2030 network (2020).
LISTEN: Executive manager, Kurt Ackermann, describes the “big idea” behind the SA Urban Food & Farming Trust’s urban farming approach, in this excerpt from a 2020 case study interview with the International Civil Society Centre.

Our Mission

Stronger urban communities through food and farming

In one of the most unequal societies in the world, facing the impacts of climate crisis, the persistent legacy of apartheid and the discontinuities from ever more digital lives, South Africa’s urban communities are socially, ecologically and economically fragile. The SAUFF Trust supports collaborative urban food gardens, social farms and markets, uses them to build socially, ecologically and economically resilient communities in cities, and scale the impacts.

More specifically, the Trust seeks to:

  1. Strengthen and build intra- and inter-community social cohesion
  2. Improve household food and nutrition security
  3. Conserve and protect natural urban ecosystems
  4. Strengthen collective agency within communities
  5. Humanise built urban environments

How We Work

Support – partnering with existing organisations and social entrepreneurs to strengthen households, community food gardens and food hubs, and the links between them. The SAUFF Trust provides training, mentoring, networking, market access, fundraising and other support as part of its partnership approach.

Innovation – with our partners the SAUFF Trust conceptualises, designs, tests, conducts research and pilots innovative programmes, methods, models, and principles that can improve outcomes and scale impacts, substantiated by reliable data.

Advocacy – through communications programmes and events, workshops, networking, facilitation and other forms of stakeholder engagement the SAUFF Trust raises awareness, facilitates conversations, and motivates policy changes and shifts in social norms.

Please see the Projects page for details.


Kurt Ackermann is chief executive of the SA Urban Food & Farming Trust. He was co-founder, general manager, director and chairperson of the Oranjezicht City Farm, until its merger into the Trust in 2017. Learn more.

Our History

Established in August 2014, the SAUFF Trust (Registered Trust IT20812/2014) is a non-profit public benefit organisation (PBO 930052666) with Section 18a status from the SA Revenue Service (SARS), allowing it to issue certificates for tax deductions in return for donations received.

Contact Us

PN Suite 269
Private Bag X1
Cape Town, 8001
South Africa