Scelo Kunene Agricare


About Us

In the interest of promoting nutrition sensitive agriculture, we are developing a model farm. It is a pure plant oil farm, we cultivate 2 non-edible oils and 1 edible oil (with plans of adding more edible oil trees in future) to process and distribute. The trees are spaced in hedgerows on zone three of the farm which accommodates seasonal crops. Zone one and two have been demarcated as a food forest and comprise an orchard with indigenous trees intercropped with perennial organic herbs and seasonal organic crops to maintain sustainable livelihoods while trading profitably. Apart from promoting regenerative energy on a small scale, we provide capacity in the nutrition sensitive sustainable farming systems that observe culture and innovation to local emerging organic farmers.

What we do as a social enterprise

We are primarily a Consulting Agency in Sustainable Farming Systems with focus on organic production and creation of chemical free zones at village and / or township level. The participating emerging organic farmers do so under One-Village-One-Product (OVOP programme as they are encouraged to plant similar produce per village in order to meet market demand. This is done observing organic principles and, hence, we refer to them as CHABUTHI Farms (organic farms). The CHABUTHI Business Model is our point of reference.

  Programme Beneficiaries

In order to ensure that all production meets consumer specification and consumer demand, we provide shared knowledge with all value chain participants by ensuring sustainable production, traceability and product integrity which has become a norm with contemporary sophisticated consumers.

The whole value chain participation consists of well-informed beneficiaries to the extent that they have access to ensured natural and sustainable farming systems where they are able to be part of the verification processes in the Participatory Guarantee System where all value chain participants work as a unit. In short, the producers are certified based on active participation of stakeholders, built on a foundation of trustsocial networks and knowledge exchange


The Model farm is a learning experience for all. Soil health is promoted by use of natural fertilisers, such as vermiculture, composting and  livestock manures, as well as promotion of soil biodiversity.

The farm is demarcated into three zones. Zone one and two is where a  food forest can be observed and tasted. These are the busiest sections of the farm, inter-cropping with crop rotation, as well as open-pollinated seed programme can be experienced by individuals mostly on observation without any guided tour inputs.


 CHABUTHI FARMS (Organic Farms). CHABUTHI FARMS fulfill the function of strategic collection points for all PGS certified products under the CHABUTHI FARMS Organic Programme. The aim of this partnership is promotion of job creation and sustainable agricultural trade in KwaZulu-Natal and nationally through facilitating the development of fully integrated value chains in the Organic industry.

Four levels of Farmer Development Programme is in four sectors

Level one addresses practical learner needs for individuals who cannot read or write. Learner material for this sector is in graphics complemented with workshop and mentor sessions

Level two is mainly on-the-field training and mentorship for farmers who do not want to sit in class for theory, but, prefer specific technical assistance which is supplemented with information and knowledge shared live through a local radio station where S. Kunene has a weekly broadcast on sustainable farming systems

Level three addresses learner needs of farmers who can assimilate and internalise isiZulu learner material. We have translated, compiled and produced the whole book detailing all nine modules in isiZulu 

Level four addresses English language literate farmers who can assimilate theory and practice content fairly well, and these learners receive SAQA (South African Quality Authority) Aligned Unit standard learner material 

As of January 2021 we started a farmer-to-farmer training on the Global Soil Doctor, a United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) programme. SK Agricare is a promoter at country level in South Africa. For more on this self-directed learning programme please go to services page for details of registration for online learning

 Culturally Guided Women Development Programme

Even though the main focus is on emerging organic farmers, we are conscious of the fact that farmers are members of families that sometimes constitute three to four generations per household. One of the different development programmes purports to serve women whose mental and physical states can still participate in productive and sustainable livelihood activities.  Young out-of-school women in this programme are guided in food preservation and arts and crafts with guidance from grandmothers who are supported and mentored by SK Agricare.