Grain Farmer Development Association

Here to assist new era farmers

The Grain Farmer Development Association (GFADA) is a non-profit company that is owned by the Maize Trust, Sorghum Trust, Oil and Protein Seeds Development Trust, and Winter Cereal Trust. The main objective of GFADA is to facilitate and oversee transformation functions on behalf of the member trusts in the grains and oilseeds industries in the Republic of South Africa, with specific focus on the establishment and development of “emerging grain farmers” of previously disadvantaged backgrounds by, inter alia:  

  • Transforming emerging grain farmers into becoming independent profitable commercial producers of grains, cereals and oil seeds;

  • Positively promote, contribute to and improve the productive utilization of arable agricultural land in the Republic for the production of grains, cereals and oilseeds;

  • Assist and support Emerging Farmers in the rehabilitation and preparation of farm land and soil for the purpose of the production of grains, cereals and oilseeds;

  • Facilitate the provision of infrastructure and logistical support to Emerging Farmers in the production of grains, cereals and oilseeds;

  • Provide, through the involvement of accredited and acceptable institutions, education to and know-how for Emerging Farmers in the production of grains, cereals and oilseeds; and

  • Managing a fund to receive donations and contributions to be devoted exclusively towards the objectives of the Association.  



Maize and Sorghum Projects

Farmers are assisted with grant funding for:

  • Soil correction.

  • Cost of crop insurance premiums.

  • Cost of mentorship.

  • Farmers need to raise the rest of the input cost from credit providers (Land Bank, Agribusinesses and other financial institutions).

  • Farmers are supported for period of 5 years.

  • Intention is to lower the risk of the farmer and improve profit margins for reinvestment purposes.

Oil and Protein Seed Development Trust Projects

The following projects will be monitored and co-ordinated by GFADA:

  • The Development and training of entry level soy farmers and consumers with further progression to soy-preneurs level.

  • Addressing food insecurity by supporting economic growth for emerging farmers.

  • Promoting household production and processing of soybean as major source of quality protein.

  • Mentoring of groundnut farmers.

  • The current farmers who plant soybean and sunflower as part of crop rotation with maize will be recommended to OPDT for possible consideration in respect of the 2017/2018 season.

Winter Cereal Projects

Each applicant (emerging farmer) will be evaluated to determine the needs with special reference to:

  • Soil correction, crop insurance premiums, mentorship, production inputs and enterprise development.

  • Costs in respect of soil correction through the input of lime will only be paid once for the entire farm enterprise.

  • A portion of the costs of production inputs will be made as a once-off payment to the relevant agribusiness for each farmer involved in the programme.  



The Grain Farmer Development Association (GFADA) is an initiative that grew out of the Grain Value Chain Network. It was initially an informal - network of grain producers and agribusinesses in the extended value chain, that - met together since 2009 to create an opportunity for round table discussions on the agricultural sector in an era of transformation. During 2015, representatives of the Maize Trust, Sorghum Trust, Winter Cereal Trust and the Oil and Protein Seeds Development Trust discussed the transformation imperatives and experiences within their respective industries and resolved to work together to avoid duplication of effort and work towards the optimisation of the existing resources. It was recognized that to achieve the organization’s objectives, a more concerted effort was required to address the recruitment of donors, administer the applications and the funding of the various farmer development projects. This approach could ensure that the Trusts become important catalysts for transformation in the country.


Strategic framework


Successful, competitive, black grains and oils seeds commercial farmers


To coordinate, facilitate, monitor, evaluate, advise and support the 

commercialization of black grains and oilseeds farmers in South Africa.


  • Integrity

We always behave in an honest, fair, and ethical manner.

We uphold the highest standards and ethics.

We are consistent in intent through our words and actions. 

  • Accountability

We accept responsibility for our individual and collective actions and decisions. 
We commit to transparency and disclosure in accordance with good governance practices. 

Strategic goals

Develop and nurture strategic partnerships.

Facilitate Innovative financing solutions.

Coordinate, monitor and evaluate support programmes.

Ensure effective organisational capacity.   


Members and Board of Directors


The Maize Trust  

Oil & Protein Seeds 

Development Trust

Sorghum Trust

Winter Cereal Trust

Board of  Directors

Mr. Sandile Ndlungwane

Dr. Toto Hewu (Alt. Director)

Mr. Derek Mathews (Director)

Mr. Gerhard Scholtemeijer (Vice-Chair)

Mr. Ramodisa Monaisa 

Mr. Gerhard Keun (Alt. Director)  

Mr. Anton Nebe

Mr. Happy Mohane

Mr. Willem Groothof (Alt. Director)     

Mr. Neo Masithela (Chairperson)

Ms. Mmaphefo Mabe 

Mr. Victor Mongoato (Alt. Director) 


Oil & Protein Seeds Development Trust


Contact Us

Grain Building, Agri-Hub Office Park
Block C, First Floor
477 Witherite Road
The Willows
Pretoria 0184

+27 12 007 1152


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