Rural development

Women and Food Insecurity in Zimbabwe: Stuck between Gender Norms, the Economic Downturn and Climate Change

The combination of climate change and the global economic downturn means that most African countries, including Zimbabwe, face food insecurity. Droughts, floods, poverty and unemployment result in high levels of uncertainty and anxiety about where the next meal is going to come from. Like many other matters, the concept of food insecurity in Zimbabwe is also characterised by gendered dimensions, in that women usually bear the brunt of food insecurity at household level (3).

Land Reform: Share Scheme for Black Farmers

The government is looking into a shares scheme for black farmers with the aim of reaching land reform targets and replacing the willing buyer/willing seller principle.

In terms of this scheme, commercial farmers will have to hand over up to about 40 percent of their farm's value to black shareholders.

Minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, says that this new plan may be included in a revised black empowerment charter for the agricultural sector.

Social Dialogue and Centralised Bargaining Key in Achieving Farm Worker Liberation

Press Release

26 April 2010
Sikhula Sonke shop stewards from Citrusdal, Barry Dale, Rawsonville, Stellenbosch, Ceres, Grabouw, Villiersdorp, Wellington, Paarl and Franschhoek are celebrating freedom day by discussing the importance of centralised bargaining and social dialogue in achieving maximum benefits for farm workers and dwellers.

Government to Tackle Housing Shortage – Zuma

Government plans to set up a guarantee fund of R1 billion to incentivise the private banking and housing sector to develop new products to meet the country’s housing demand.

President Jacob Zuma, in his state of the nation address in Parliament, said a key new initiative will be to accommodate people whose salaries are too high to get government subsidies, but who earn too little to qualify for a normal bank mortgage.

EU Donates US$13m for Smallholder Farmers

The European Union (EU) announced a US$13 million fund to help thousands of Zimbabwean smallholder farmers, in a bid to revive the Southern African country's agriculture sector after years of decline.

The EU's food security coordinator in Zimbabwe, Pierre-Luc Vanhaeverbeke, says that 80 000 households would benefit from the US$13 million donation through training and farming inputs such as seed and fertiliser.

Indigenous Cultural Entrepreneurship in South Africa

South Africa consists of people who live out their culture in different or in similar ways. Culture includes all the various languages which people speak as their mother tongue and as a second or even a third language. It also includes the music, literature, visual arts, dance, drama, oral traditions, traditional practices which include food, fashion, architecture and heritage and the particular beliefs of a cultural group which all contribute to a unique way of life that is in certain ways distinct from that of another cultural group.

Annual Review of Development Effectiveness 2009

The Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank has just released its annual flagship publication - the Annual Review of Development Effectiveness - for 2009. This presents findings on the outcomes of Bank projects and country programmes and the evolution of monitoring and evaluation (M&E). The review examines the Bank's support for environmentally sustainable development compatible with economic growth and poverty reduction.

Unused Land a Concern - Agri NW

The under-utilisation of agricultural land in the North West province, transferred as part of the land reform process, is a matter of concern. This is according to Agri North West.

Agri North West president, Andries Beyers, points out that lack of ongoing economic activities on the land is contributing to the socio-economic fall in the specific rural areas and communities.

Africa Development

Africa Development is the quarterly bilingual journal of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa published since 1976. It is a social science journal whose major focus is on issues which are central to the development of society. Its principal objective is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among African scholars from a variety of intellectual persuasions and various disciplines. The journal also encourages other contributors working on Africa or those undertaking comparative analysis of developing world issues.

PLAAS: The South African Index of Multiple Deprivation at Datazone Level and Recent Developments

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is hosting a seminar on the South Africa Index of Multiple Deprivation at Datazone Level on 8 October 2009 in Cape Town.


CASASP has just completed a fine-grained profile of multiple deprivation in South Africa - the South African Index of Multiple Deprivation (SAIMD) - for the National Department of Social Development. The SAIMD has been produced at 'datazone' level, which is a sub-ward-level statistical geography that was especially designed as part of the project.


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