The INR’s Agriculture & Rural Livelihoods team is currently implementing two initiatives at Inhlazuka, a rural community near Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal. The first is part of the SANBI-funded Umgeni Resilience Project (URP) and we are appointed by University of KwaZulu-Natal to oversee the burning of fire breaks to protect both grazing lands and settlements. This is being done in conjunction with the Richmond Fire Protection Association and the Working on Fire (WoF) team that they host. Members of the local community have also been appointed to assist with preparing tracers and ‘mopping up’ behind the WoF team when burning fire breaks. The INR team is also implementing a food security project in partnership with Mahlathini Development Foundation on behalf of the Solidarity Fund and through this initiative is establishing food gardens at 20 vulnerable households within Inhlazuka. The project is quickly gaining publicity due to the lessons that can be learned, with a team from UKZN visiting the site to film the burning of fire breaks this week.