An emerging farmer is a farmer that was previously disadvantaged, was given land by government via the land reform process, has operating knowledge of farming or may have even been a previous employee on the same farm, lacks technical knowhow, farm and risk management skill and also lacks access to formal markets with defined off take agreements. This type of farmer needs constant mentorship and training. These farmers also lack access to finance and usually rely on government grant funding to kick start their operations.

How does one classify a commercial farmer?

A commercial farmer knows about agricultural production, farms on a large scale, farms for profit, uses mechanisation and continuously adapts his best agricultural practices.

What are the biggest obstacles emerging farmers face in becoming commercial farmers?

Lack of skill, lack of technical knowhow, lack of finances, lack of access to markets, lack of risk management, difficulty in gaining access to more land to grow. 

Written by Farm SA

Agritourism South Africa NPO 175-957 supports emerging farmers by encouraging them to collaborate to promote Agritourism in order to attract national and international tourists, so as to benefit the rural community.
The Agritourism environment needs to be cultivated through liaison and cooperation with key stakeholders within the business environment, tourism bodies and government.

Agritourism Africa (Pty) Ltd is a company that markets commercial farmers throughout Africa to national and international tourists.  AA works hard in bringing farmers and the farming experience to visitors, not only to educate visitors about farming, but also to showcase the positive change in farming communities.  ASA supports these successes and acts as the link between farmer members and visitors (local and foreign).  

AA is not a booking website, its core focus is farmers and farming.  We help commercial farmers identify possible Agritourism activities and services that farmers can offer on their farms, as well as help with building their brand by taking advantage of marketing activities.  Agritourism helps prevent rural out-migration by providing an opportunity for commercial farmers to improve their quality of life for their farm workers.

AA operates throughout Africa and liaises with tourism and agricultural government departments to ensure there is sufficient support for Agritourism initiatives.  

In the Drop down Menu “About us” – one heading will have to be Agritourism South Africa NPO 175-957 Emerging farmers.  Donations will assist the emerging farmers with their Agritourism projects.

The other heading with have to be Agritourism Africa – Commercial farmers.
The Login is for the commercial farmers only.  Annual membership fee is R1000 which includes the website listing and the other costs (auditors, attorneys etc).