Rural development

NGO Identifies Three Agribusiness Hotspots

Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products (ASNAPP), a NGO with offices in a number of countries across the continent, recently identified three areas in Southern Africa that hold good potential for the cultivation of fresh produce or food processing.

The organisation says that the horticulture industry in Namibia is relatively small, and the bulk of fresh fruit and vegetables are imported from South Africa.

Govt Gives Farmers Five Years to Get it Right

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, has urged black farmers who received land through the government’s various redistribution and restitution programmes to enter into a formal performance contract with the state.

Addressing a two-day recapitalisation and development evaluation workshop in Boksburg, Nkwinti, who explained the terms and conditions of the contracts, explained that the contracts will enable them to obtain resources and expert advice to help them become successful farmers.

Food for the City: A Future for the Metropolis

By the year 2050 there will be nine billion people living on Earth. Seventy-five percent of them will be living in cities. If the world population continues to grow at this rate, it will take several extra planets just to produce the food that will be needed to feed it. While putting food on the table today seems to entail no more than a visit to the market for the average city dweller, a worldwide network of food producers and supermarket chains lies hidden behind our meals.

Recent Progress in Understanding Small-Scale Fisheries in Southern Africa, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Bank, Worldfish Center, International Collective in Support of Fish workers (ICFS), World Fisher Forum (WFF), international experts and researchers have all contributed to recent progress in understanding small-scale fisheries. The Big Number Project (BNP) has reconfirmed the importance, scale and size of this sector. Hence, it is crucial that fisheries governance and human rights based approaches secure social and economic justice for small-scale fishers and this should be in balance with environmental sustainability.

NPO Sector Needs Transformation

The minister of social development, Bathabile Dlamini, is of the view that the nonprofit sector needs to be transformed, particularly in governance matters.

Dlamini expressed this at the National NPO Summit held in Johannesburg under the theme ‘Working Together to Fight Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality.’

"Discussions on transformation should include issues of governance within the sector and also the constituencies that NPOs within the social development sector work with,” she said.

Address by Social Development Minister

The social development minister, Bathabile Dlamini, focused her address at the National NPO Summit on the need for a stronger partnership between government and the NPO sector.

During her address, Dlamini stated that the summit needs to identify areas of work that require strategic partnerships between the government and the NPO sector in order to improve the quality of services delivered to the people.

South African Nursing Council and Africa Health Placements Sign Cooperation Agreement

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) and Africa Health Placements (AHP) recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to bring more nurses to South Africa. This agreement will assist in solving the country’s shortage of nurses, which is especially severe in rural areas. Almost half of South Africa’s population lives in these areas, but they are served by only 19 percent of the country’s nurses.

1.6m People in Need of Food Aid in Zim – WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) says that the number of people needing food aid in Zimbabwe will rise by 60 percent this year to 1.6 million.

The organisation says that a poor farming season this year is blamed on erratic rainfall and limited access to seeds and fertilisers, which prompted Finance Minister Tendai Biti to cut the 2012 growth forecast to 5.6 percent from 9.4 percent.

SA Scores High on Global Food Security Index

South Africa is ranking 40th out of 105 countries in the Global Food Security Index, with the United States on top and the Democratic Republic of Congo at the bottom.

The index, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, also ranks South Africa at 13th position in a division of 28 countries by income streaming.

In addition, the Index also found that countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are the most vulnerable to high food prices.


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