The long-term economic crisis significantly worsened with the covid-19 pandemic, led to millions of people in South Africa losing not only their jobs, but also, in many cases, the basic commodities for their lives. F.E.E.D. offers these people new prospects for the future, with certified agricultural and business courses. In specifically-designed training programmes for up to 25 individuals and running over 5 days, participants learn the theory of and practical skills for the ecologically sustainable cultivation of plants and medicinal herbs. A major focus in the course is the teaching of sustainable techniques which protect the environment, eg. making compost, the use of bio-pesticides and resource-saving irrigation systems. The basic course takes place in rural areas. In collaboration with church communities participants are trained to become self-supportive. It concludes with each participant being awarded a state-accredited certificate. Those who successfully pass the advanced course can set up as self-employed entrepreneurs in the bio food production sector and will be supported by F.E.E.D. in building their businesses. All training courses are led by qualified trainers. Numerous new jobs and small farms have already been created, and the impetus towards self-help and independent entrepreneurship will be encouraged for the long-term.