Kotshiza Pig Farming

To reduce costs, substitute pig feed with waste food (fruit, vegetables & bread) from hotels thereby creating an ecosystem & a value chain.

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  • English

Organization name

Enactus Durban University of Technology

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $1k - $10k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1 - 10

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • United States of America

Headquarters location: City

Headquarters: Missouri, United States of America National Office: Johannesburg, South Africa

Location(s) of impact

South Africa: Noodsberg, KwaZulu-Natal

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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

A needs assessment conducted in 2016 revealed that there are 4 pig farmers that slaughter pigs for selling in the Noodsberg area . Despite the availability of a lucrative market for pork in this area, these farmers are unable to meet the demand as the pig feed is costly resulting in low profit margins & consequently negatively impacting on business performance. An investigation on the hospitality industry revealed that hotels and eateries contribute 34 % of the total food waste in SA & this waste is sent to landfills.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

In a bid to reduce pig feed costs at the same time reducing waste sent to landfills, an investigation was conducted to determine the feasibility of using waste food as pig feed. The findings revealed that pigs can indeed be fed waste food, but with limitations. Waste food can compromise the quality of pork therefore; it can only be fed to breeding pigs that are not intended for slaughter. Based on the physiology of pigs, from the waste collected there are able to digest vegetables, fruits and bread without any detrimental effects to their health. The remaining waste is not discarded; rather it is mixed with pig manure to form organic fertiliser used for both conventionally grown crops and green house grown crops. The remaining waste is also being used for vermiculite. With 108 million tonnes of waste generated by South Africans each year, the only way to ensure responsible consumption & production is by re-using or recycling ,as this reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Through this project, Enactus D.U.T has created an ecosystem and a value chain for Mr Ngcobo's pig farming business. It all starts with the collection of waste food from hotels which is fed to breeding pigs. In turn pigs produce manure which is utilised as organic fertiliser for his conventionally and greenhouse grown crops. When these crops are harvested, the waste generated in the form trimmings and shriveled leaves is fed back to the pigs. On a monthly basis, through Enactus' intervention, an average 300 kgs in food waste is being collected and re-purposed. As we secure more hotels to supply waste food, the team will approach the 3 remaining pig farmers and propose that they supplement their pig feed with waste food. This will increase the pig farming capacity of local farmers thus possibly meeting the demand thereof. Using a holistic approach to enable communities, this project is also creating cohesion among pig farmers in Noodsburg as they partner up for the collection of waste.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Earned Income: 70% Grants: Loan from CAST: 30% For the sustainability of this project, the Enactus team is looking into increasing the number of hotels supplying waste food for this project. In addition, the team is approaching eateries and BnB's in and around Pietermaritzburg to supply the project with waste food.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

With 2 different problems identified in separate communities, what makes this initiative unique is the magnitude of impact resulting from the solution. From the food collected, pig feed is substituted, organic fertiliser is produced, worms are produced for vermiculture. Consequently, savings are realised in pig feed & fertiliser costs. Partnerships between hotels and farmers are also created. Community cohesion is promoted where farmers share a vision & establish a working relationship.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

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This is a brilliant, organic method for reducing solid waste and increasing sustainability!

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