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Agrarianisation or De-Agrarianisation in Eastern Cape? Implications to Employment Creation in the Agricultural Sector

There are a number of reasons why deagrarianisation (the move away from agricultural activities) is happening in the rural Eastern Cape. One is the flight of human capital to the urban centres leaving the old aged and the sick in rural areas. This flight of human capital is due to the lack of employment opportunities and income generation-related activities in rural areas.

The Pros and Cons of Permaculture Versus Conventional Food Production in a New Climate Change and Peak Oil Context

Permaculture should be considered as a sustainable food production system - a completely new way to plan ‘food production’. Cuba is a good example of where they use permaculture to produce food in a low carbon manner with almost no input (fertilisers and pesticides) nor transport and heavy equipment (all of which depend on oil and are sourced externally). Employment was created, and the principle of working with nature was applied by rehabilitating and using the many environmental services (nutrient and inputs recycling).

Agricultural Training Institutions’ (ATIs) Response to Small-Scale Agriculture in South Africa

South Africa (SA) still lags behind in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of food security and poverty eradication. The current trends of education in SA affect the agriculture sector. Agriculture information is not integrated with other development programmes to address the numerous related problems faced by small-scale and emerging farmers. Information is an essential ingredient in agricultural development programmes.

Survey: How Project Managers Manage International Development Projects

The Politecnico di Milano University, in collaboration with the Project Management Institute (PMI), is administering a survey to analyse how project managers working for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) manage international development projects. The results will be distributed among all the participants.

To download the questionnaire, refer to http://goo.gl/4C49Z.

For submitting the questionnaire (before 30 January 2012) and for further information, write to pm.dig@polimi.it.

Decent Work and A Living Wage: Slogans for Our Time

The ideologues of business have started a systematic and sustained campaign against the wages and the laws that protect workers. The job crisis is central to their campaign and deregulation is their leading mantra. Opinion pieces, columnists and letters in the business press appear as voices of the same choir conducted by single-mindedness to attack the alleged rigidities of the labour market and other regulations that undermine so-called economic freedom.

Technology for Africa

Tech4Africa is a web and emerging technology conference, committed to bringing global perspective to the African context. This platform would like to play a role in igniting the talent and skill of a generation of Africans in reach of mobile phone and global market. Founder of Tech4Africa, Gareth Knight, maintains that, “Africans can help themselves and they are just as smart and motivated as anyone else.”

The Freedom of impressions

On Saturday, I attended a workshop at Constitutions Hill organised by Congo Renaissance (CoRe), a platform of Congolese living in South Africa in commemoration of the World Press Freedom happening the following day, Sunday 3rd of May.

Worldwide the World Press Freedom day is considered as a day of action to encourage and develop initiatives in favor of the freedom of the press; a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to press freedom; and a day to alert the public and to increase awareness of the importance of freedom of the press.

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