Farmers Back to Work After Little Showers

Residents in the city of Bulawayo returned to the fields on Monday after some little showers pounded the country’s second largest city on Sunday, hoping to take advantage of the rain season to produce food which has turned inaccessible to many.
Inadequate wages and massive company closures in the City of Kings - once the country’s industrial hub - have forced residents to resort to urban farming to supplement their food stocks.

Africa-Nordic Dialogue Focuses on Poverty Reduction

Poverty reduction, inequality and unemployment are expected to take a centre stage as the 14th session of the Africa-Nordic foreign ministers dialogue enters its second and final day at Mookgopong in Limpopo. 

The forum, which was established in the year 2000, aims to establish new perspectives for the friendship, cooperation and solidarity that exists between various African countries and the Nordic countries. 

Decentralising Can Make Rights Groups Stronger

Internationalising non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is now trendy, but ActionAid realised long ago that giving up power does not mean having less power.
According to Adriano Campolina, the openGlobalRights debate on internationalisating human rights groups has inspired a flurry of commentary on this ‘new’ trend, but decentralisation is not new to ActionAid International.

World Bank Supports Mozambique’s Efforts to Increase Food Security

The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors has approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit in the amount of US$50 million to boost Mozambique's efforts to increase access to food and better nutrition for its people, and to promote market-based agriculture and private sector investment.

This financing is the second of a series of three agriculture budget support operations that finance a medium-term agriculture sector reform program in Mozambique.

Social Grant Tender Deadline Suspended

Electronic payments company Net1 UEPS Technologies has more time to continue carrying out a social grant tender amid a Constitutional Court decision to suspend a bidding deadline.

In April last year, the Constitutional Court ordered that the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) re-issue the country’s R10 billion grant tender, which was awarded to Net1 division Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) in 2012.

SA to Provide Grants to the Unemployed

Government is planning to introduce social assistance to unemployed South Africans between the ages of 19 and 59 who do not receive support from government.

However, it is not clear yet whether this will be in the form of a grant, but Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, says government must ensure unemployed people in this age group were able to put food on the table every day.

Dlamini was quoted as saying that government has focused on social relief mainly for malnourished children, but the reality is South Africa has malnourished adults in South Africa too.

Standard of Living Better in SA: Stats SA

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) poor South Africans enjoy a better standard of living compared to their counterparts in many other countries.

The latest figures released by Statistics South Africa puts the country's extreme poverty line at R26 a day per person.

This is almost double the international line for extreme poverty, at about R14 per day. Lack of proper housing, malnutrition and hunger are some of the characteristics of poverty.

Growing Poverty in South Africa

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says the number of South Africans living in poverty has increased since 2010.

Statistician general, Pali Lehohla, states that in 2010, 20 percent of South Africa's population fell below the poverty line.

Lehohla, who maintains that poverty has increased to 21.5 percent in 2014, adds that, "The same is true for the austere poverty line, which stipulates the threshold below which one has to sacrifice some food to obtain some basic non-food items."

UK Donates Funds for Flood Victims in Malawi

The British government has activated the Start Funds amounting to MK244 million (£350 000) to help ‘people affected by the Malawi floods to access food, shelter, water and sanitation services’.

In a statement, head of the Department for International Development (DFID) Malawi, Jen Marshall, states that London was deeply saddened of the situation in Malawi, adding that “The UK [United Kingdom] is working with the UN and International NGOs [non-governmental organisations] to support the Government of Malawi's response."

Global Inequality is 'Staggering' – Oxfam

Oxfam says wealth accumulated by the richest one percent will exceed that of the other 99 percent in 2016.
Speaking head of the annual meeting of the world's most powerful at Davos, Switzerland, Oxfam executive director, Winnie Byanyima, points out that, “The scale of global inequality is quite simply staggering and despite the issues shooting up the global agenda, the gap between the richest and the rest is widening fast.”


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