Mzwandile Duma was one of the first KwaZulu-Natal youth to take part in the Future Farmers Foundation project to gain knowledge and practical experience about farming in the United States. Duma joined the program straight from high school, when he was 19 years old.
Future Farmers Foundation is a small but dedicated foundation that provides platforms from which young men and women in agriculture and farming in general can become successful commercial farm managers or farmers in their own right.
“My experience in America was something that I will never forget; having to learn about farming that is done differently compared to farming here in South Africa, having to learn about the culture of Americans, languages and meeting different people from all over the world. That was amazing and invaluable experience for me.”
He is currently mentoring about 46 agricultural students who will be going to the United States in the near future as part of the Future Farmers Foundation project.
Duma is also passionate about working for African Conservation Trust as a regional manager. The trust focuses on food security for rural and urban disadvantaged people and schools in order to alleviate poverty.