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New Partner Revealed for EduPlant Programme in 2020: Tiger Brands

20 January 2020 – Tiger Brands Limited has launched into 2020 as the core support and funding partner of FTFA’s EduPlant Programme! Tiger Brands has been nourishing the nation with Food & Trees for Africa to develop vegetable gardens and fruit-producing gardens across six provinces since 2017. Their impact has already been substantial – planting 8609 trees and over 1000 food gardens that support 13,200 beneficiaries.

“With the success of Tiger Brands and FTFA’s tree planting and garden programmes, the EduPlant School Gardening and Nutrition Programme was a natural fit for Tiger Brands as we strive to nourish and nurture more lives everyday” – Nozicelo Ngcobo – Group Director – External Relations at Tiger Brands. With the addition of the EduPlant districts, Tiger Brands will be addressing food insecurity in 65 additional communities around the country.

EduPlant is the longest running and most impactful school greening and gardening programme in South Africa. A youth-focused programme endorsed by the Department of Basic Education’s National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), EduPlant offers schools in under-resourced communities and townships the resources, training and support they need to develop or improve their food gardens.

Under EduPlant, teachers, learners and community members establish gardens to supplement the school’s feeding schemes with fresh, naturally-grown produce, which helps improve nutrition. With sustainable gardening practices and environmental thinking integrated into the curriculum, 86% of EduPlant schools have fully-functioning and productive gardens. This teaches learners’ the practical and income-generating skills that allow them to take control of their food sovereignty and inspire their parents and community to grow their own food. In addition, the EduPlant finals, a national school garden competition held every two years, brings together the best food-growing schools in the country for a week-long event to incentivise and further develop the best performing-schools.

The overall impact of the Tiger Brands and FTFA partnership since 2017 has been significant: 

  • 8609 trees
  • 100 hectares of urban forest
  • 1000 household food gardens
  • 10 beneficiary organisations
  • 13,200 direct beneficiaries
  • 4000 households
  • 239 training sessions
  • 136 trained community members
  • 3,176.7 tonnes of carbon offset 

About The EduPlant Programme

Initiated and managed by Food & Trees the EduPlant Programme is a flagship initiative of the Woolworths Trust. Over the last 16 years The Woolworths Trust has donated R 34.6 million to the initiative. The EduPlant aims to increase the availability of nutritious food through permaculture food gardens in schools. It enables hundreds of schools and communities to grow their own food in a healthy, environmental and sustainable way. Woolworths has also contributed employee time, through volunteering initiatives that contribute to EduPlant food gardens. 

About Food & Trees for Africa

Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is a leading Section 21 Non-Profit Social Enterprise that addresses food security and environmental sustainability. Having been in South African Social Development for 27 years, FTFA highlights education and skills training integrated with sensitive mentorship and phased support. With initiatives that address climate change and greening, promote natural resource management, organic farming and food security and sustainable enterprise development – FTFA understands what it takes to achieve real, long-term sustainability and make a positive difference to the lives of all South Africans.

About Tiger Brands

We nourish and nurture more lives every day.

Tiger Brands is one of Africa’s largest, listed manufacturers of fastmoving consumer goods. Our core business is manufacturing, marketing and distributing everyday branded food to middle-income consumers. We also distribute leading brands in the home, personal care and baby sectors.


Tshepiso Senetla
(EduPlant Programme Coordinator)
Tel: 011 656 9802 

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