IZWA designed and introduced the concept of Zero Waste Multiculture into the urban context. This is a system that uses all the local resources in food production – sewage to a biodigester to provide a fuel and treat the sewage; to algae production for biodiesel and animal feed; to fish farming, organic vegetables, mushrooms, chickens and a Food Forest – a holistic and integrated system. There are two sites in Cato Manor.
IZWA is currently working on a project funded by CIDA (the Canadian Development Agency) on projects in the Western Cape that will both promote organic food production, as well as highlight problems with pesticides, while educating farmworkers, particularly women, on how they may best defend themselves against toxics. This project is ongoing.
IZWA assisted in this project and our recommendations included a biodigester as well as organic production of mushrooms - both gourmet and medicinal.