FSG was established in 1985 in the Department of Plant Pathology of the, then, University of Natal, with the aim of making scientific knowledge relevant to smallholder farmers. It now conducts action research to address issues pertinent to resource-constrained farmers. It also provides training, advice and project support in sustainable farming, nature conservation, strengthening local institutions, and enterprise development. It also trains development practitioners and students in participating approaches to research and extension. Community members and other partner service providers, including government extension staff and scientists participate in designing and implementation of projects.


Room Nr. F11, First Floor, Forestry Building, Agriculture Campus Pietermaritzburg



Tel: +27 (0) 33 260 6275

Email:  bukelwag@ukzn.ac.za