Rural development

Climate Adaptation as Mitigation: The Case of Agricultural Investments

‘Climate Adaptation as Mitigation: The Case of Agricultural Investments’ argues that successful adaptation of agriculture to ongoing climate changes would help to maintain productivity growth and reduce pressure to bring new lands into agriculture. The paper explores the potential co-benefits of adaptation in terms of the avoided emissions from land use change. A model of global agricultural trade and land use, SIMPLE, is utilised to link adaptation investments, yield growth rates, land conversion rates and land use emissions.

Land Grabs and Fragile Food Systems

IATP have consistently argued that trade agreements need to respect and promote human rights, not drive a process of globalisation that privileges commercial interests and pushes public interests aside. ‘Land Grabs and Fragile Food Systems: The Role of Globalisation’ concludes that the globalisation enshrined in the free trade and investment agreements of the 1990s and 2000s have led to yet another manifestation of commercial interests trampling human rights - namely land grabs.

Govt Vows to Tackle Food Insecurity

The Department of Agriculture says the lower than expected electricity tariff increase announced last week will help curb household food insecurity.

Agriculture Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, points out that, "Electricity and fuel increases are among factors that are beyond the control of agriculture but they determine the competitiveness and costs of the sector."

Joemat-Pettersson further states that her department would ensure that it could produce enough food to curb household food insecurity across the country.

National Climate Funds

‘National Climate Funds: Learning from the Experience of Asia-Pacific Countries’ is a discussion paper from the United Nations Development Programme examines the experiences of Asia-Pacific countries in establishing and managing extra-budgetary national climate funds (NCFs). The purpose is to provide an overview of the key issues decision-makers face in designing, implementing and managing climate funds in the region; and to offer practical examples of countries' experiences.

Rural Households in a Changing Climate

This World Bank policy research working paper investigates household-level strategies for adapting to climate change in rural settings, looking particularly at the adaptive capacity of poor rural households – a subject the authors claim has received little attention due to its broad and complex nature. The paper argues that climate change poses two distinct sets of challenges for rural households, which it broadly defines as ‘shocks’ and ‘shifts’:

Govt, Police, Criticised Over Farmworkers Arrest

The Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) has accused the police and the government of colluding with farmers following the arrest of more than 100 farmworkers in Ceres.

Braam Hanekom, of refugee rights organisation People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP), says the arrests are undermining months of negotiations between his organisation, organised labour and the Department of Home Affairs.

National Budget 2013/4 - Request for NGO Comments

It is that time of the year again.

Following the State of the Nation speech by President Zuma on 14 February 2013, the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, will deliver the 2013/4 National Budget speech on Wednesday, 27 February 2013, in Cape Town.

As in the past few years, SANGONeT will once again produce a special edition of our weekly NGO Pulse e-newsletter to highlight various civil society responses to the National Budget.

Govt to Convene Food Security Summit

Minister in The Presidency, Trevor Manuel, has told residents of Khayelitsha, on the Cape Flats, that government is to convene a food summit to plan improved food security for cities.

Speaking at a presentation of the objectives, between now and 2030, of the National Planning Commission (NPC), which he heads, Manuel was responding to a recent survey that revealed that only one in 10 households in Khayelitsha and Philippi townships could be regarded as ‘food secure’.

SA Wants Agricultural Sector to Grow

Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, says the government has an interest in ensuring the agricultural sector is profitable.

Speaking at the end of a ‘dialogue’ with farmers and commercial farming organisations in the Western Cape town of Paarl, Motlanthe pointed out that, “As government, we have an interest in ensuring the industry becomes profitable and continues to grow."

He further stressed the importance of the farming sector remaining competitive internationally.

Oxfam Project Targets Starving Malawians

International NGO, Oxfam, has launched a project that seeks to avert hunger situation facing millions of people in Malawi.

Under the ‘Integrated Emergency Cash Transfer Response Project’, the Oxfam is giving money to hunger-stricken households to buy food.

The move is part of the response to a recent report by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) for 2012/2013, which shows that about two million households are facing food shortages largely because of erratic rains and draught during the last growing season.


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