Who was involved in the design, development
and conceptualization of the course?
This Unisa accredited Short Learning
was designed and developed by the Unisa
College of Agriculture
and Environmental Science (UCAES) and the
Institute for Distance Education (Saide)
a number of other community development
from various institutions (e.g. Agricultural
Council, Medical Research Council, University
with expertise in dealing with food security
issues. The development of the programme was
through donor funding provided by the WK
Why is this programme important, and
The Household Food Security Programme
existing community development workers,
and other community workers and volunteers
communities who will be equipped to work
identified vulnerable households and together
the changes required to become food-secure and
the cycle of malnutrition and hunger.
The acquired skills will add value to and
with existing government and NGO interventions
within those communities and balance the
of relevant support services to all role
ensure rural development.
What competences and skills will the
acquire from this programme?
Students completing this programme
knowledge, values and skills that will enable
- Link relevant food security issues,
related policies, strategies and programmes
household focus for improving food
- Utilize a range of facilitation and
skills, to identify and mobilize households
household food security.
- Assess communities for vulnerability to
and planning of food and nutrition
- Observe and analyze natural resource
systems with community members and make
for appropriate interventions.
- Devise a variety of ways and means of
food production and the use of various
technologies and processes so as to
development of ideas for purposes of income
using surplus food and other available
The programme is offered by UNISA as an
1 year short learning programme set at NQF
and consists of six 12 credit modules (a total
credits). For more detail see
How is the programme delivered?
For purposes of ensuring programme
and the formation of synergistic networks and
the programme implementation involves a
effort involving various stakeholders from
departments and NGOs who work with programme
The stakeholders participate in ensuring
sensitization and engagement to ensure that
on the programme are adequately mentored as
their studies within their communities. To
programme learning model, see
The programme is delivered mainly through
but supported by promoter-facilitated contact
held every two weeks. Activities take place
households in the communities who will be
the students. Students also receive support in
of supplementary print resources, tutorial
workbooks, telephone and SMS support.
Promoters have been given mini-notebooks with
that they use for purposes of communication,
as information access and dissemination. A programme
website is being developed. It consists of
site that serves to provide information about
but also has a private site for use by
involved in the programme.
At present the programme is being piloted in
Cape Province with about 150 students in six
situated in King William’s Town, Kwelerha,
and Elliot. The present cohort of students
a mix of community development workers,
community health workers/promoters, peer
volunteer development workers and educators
for Government Departments and NGOs on a
social development interventions.
The programme is being closely monitored as it
both in the classroom and in the communities
students have started to work with vulnerable
How will the programme be assessed?
Assessment consists of both formative and
assessments consisting of assignments
= 40%) and community-based portfolio tasks
assessment = 60%) that assess student
are no examinations.
What other benefits are there to doing
Apart from the fact that the skills
will add value to existing community
the programme modules are aligned with those
Unisa Department of Agriculture, Animal Health
Ecology’s Human Ecology programme. Those
who successfully complete the course can be
recognition of prior learning (RPL) access
who normally would not qualify) into a
for further tertiary studies in the Unisa
Agriculture and Environmental Science.
Associated programme costs
The cost for the entire course is R4 560 i.e.
module. Whilst the course is accredited as a
learning programme and HEQF quality-assured it
not attract government subsidy and is operated
non-profit basis. The fees generated are used
for costs of learning materials and employing
Limited resources are available to subsidise
of needy students.
Who to contact for more information
- Dr Alice Barlow-Zambodla
Project Leader (SAIDE)
27 43 7366 721
Fax to email: +27 86 608 3904
- Mrs Fransa Ferreira
Programme Coordinator (Unisa)
11 471 2143
Fax: +27 11 471 386