Integra Trust is a special purpose trust set up to protect, support and broaden regenerative agriculture, the knowledge base therein and associated sustainable practices.
To contribute to a food secure South and Southern Africa through the production and distribution of accessible, affordable, safe and healthy food produced with integrity using sustainable and regenerative methods.
The Trust has access to a wide range of experts from various fields of specialisation who all unequivocally share the vision regarding broad-based restoration and the production of FOOD WITH INTEGRITY under the banner of HEAL THE LAND, HEAL THE PEOPLE. These experts operate through Integra Food and Integra Link, which are subsidiaries of Integra Trust. These companies have been established to support farmers to adopt regenerative agriculture principles and to rebuild degraded agricultural soil, in so doing, becoming more robust, rebuild soil structure and biology, where the biological services provided by nature are enhanced rather than destroyed. These companies’ respective areas of focus are: –
Promote the science, business and practice of regenerative agriculture in South and Southern Africa through the promotion of technical acumen, trade, mentorship, awareness, research and development, network development, constructive dialogue and all related aspects towards accomplishing the vision of Integra Trust.
To operate an e-based agricultural clearinghouse, with an e-registry for agricultural commodities and products which connects the producer with consumer, also accomplishing the vision of Integra Trust in a 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution) fashion.
Following from the above, the principal value of Integra Trust and its subsidiaries is:
THE PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION AND UTILISATION OF FOOD WITH INTEGRITY THAT WILL HEAL THE LAND AND THE PEOPLE.
Who Are We?
- Prof Dr Heinz Meissner: Integra Trust Trustee
Before retirement Heinz was associated with the University of Pretoria in the position of Professor in Animal Nutrition and later as Director of the ARC’s Animal Nutrition and Products Institute at Irene where he managed the interface between animal production, product development and consumer science. He is also a Professor Extraordinaire at the Onderstepoort Faculty of Veterinary Science. Since retirement he is consulting for AgriSA, the Red Meat Industry and primarily also the Dairy Industry where he manages the R & D initiative of Milk SA. Apart from animal nutrition and management, he has vast experience in environmental issues and represents South Africa on the Scientific Committee for the Environment of the International Dairy Federation. One of his contributions in this regard is the argument that more emphasis should be put on carbon sequestration to limit the agricultural carbon footprint.
Heinz has published more than 200 scientific publications and has received a number of recognitions, among others the Gold Medal from the SA Society for Animal Science, the Agricultural Writers Association’s award for Agricultural Scientist of the Year and the Person of the Year Award from the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association. He is also known for the “Meissner-tables”, the livestock grazing capacity norms.
- Prof Dr James Blignaut: Integra Trust Trustee
James Blignaut is currently member of the scientific panel of the World Farmers’ Organisation based in Rome, editor of the journal Ecological Economics, professor extraordinaire attached to the SPL of the Stellenbosch University and honorary research associate of SAEON. He is also director of ASSET Research, Restore Africa Fund manager, trustee of Integra Trust, and is the originator of ReStory. He is also a regular contributor to the Daily Maverick – https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/author/james-blignaut/.
James started his career in 1991 at the South African Reserve Bank as a statistical economist. In 1994 he joined a community-based NGO as general manager and after obtaining his doctoral degree in 1995 with a thesis entitled Environmental accounting in South Africa, he joined the Department of Economics, University of Pretoria on 1 January 1996 as an environmental resource economist until 2004. As from 2005 James, operates as a self-employed researcher focussing on the economics of restoration. This includes the economics of conservation and regenerative agriculture, the control of invasive alien plant species and other forms of degradation. As a result he also has a keen interest in natural resource accounting and payments for ecosystem goods and services and other financial instruments that can contribute towards society-wide healing. The economics of restoration seeks to rectify two societal ills linked with degradation, namely an institutional and moral failure indicative of the fact that the rules of economic engagement are wrong, and wrong price signals in the markets which distort resource allocation. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers in local and international accredited journals, authored or co-authored 35 chapters in books, and presented more than 120 papers at local and international conferences as well as seminars and invited lectures. Between 2008 and 2020 he has been invited on more than 35 occasions to provide keynote addresses at both local and international conferences on the topics of food, water and energy security as well as the restoration of natural capital and economic development.