Mma Tshepo Khumbane is a grassroots development activist and small-scale farmer. For more than 40 years, she has mobilized the poorest households in rural and peri-urban South Africa, Lesotho and elsewhere to fight hunger and malnutrition. She hosts mind-mobilization workshops to empower the poorest to grow crops and vegetables within their homesteads using methods such as soil moisture retention and organic fertilization, tank digging for harvesting rainwater and runoff, gray water reuse, food processing, time management, weather charting and family re-socialization. Her extensive networks evolved into a grassroots Water for Food movement.
Khumbane has been a speaker at numerous national and international meetings and conferences held by governments, nongovernmental organizations and churches. She has served on boards of organizations including Mvula Trust; National Agricultural Marketing Board; Transitional National Development Trust/National Development Agency; Rural Housing Loan Fund; Nozala Investments Ltd.; South African Broadcasting Corporation; Participatory Ecological Land Management; Water Advisory Council, part of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry; and International Water Management Institute. Khumbane’s honors include the Katlego Award of Spirit of Hope and South Africa’s Women in Water Award.