Food security

Food security

  • Fisheries Key to Food Security, Nutrition

    The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says sustainable fisheries and aquaculture are crucial to food security and nutrition.
     
    FAO director-general, José Graziano da Silva, opened a meeting of the world's only inter-governmental forum on fisheries and aquaculture issues, calling for urgent action to address climate change and other threats to sustainable fisheries and fish stocks.
     
    FAO's Committee on Fisheries (COFI) opened its 9-13 June session to address a range of issues related to the long-term well-being of marine and inland fisheries and aquaculture and potential action by governments, regional fishery bodies, non-governmental organisations, fish workers and other actors in the international community.
     
    To read the article titled, “Urgent action needed On overfishing, pollution and climate change,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • NGO Trains Young Farmers in Delmas

    Farming is labour intensive and needs individuals with a passion for the industry, young farmers who are attending courses in Delmas said.

    Buhle Academy, a non-governmental organisation started in year 2000, has already produced more than 3000 farmers.

    One of the students, 20-year-old Thami Mthethwa from Soweto is attending a vegetable production course. Mthethwa attended a farmers’ expo last year in Nasrec and developed an interest in farming.

    To read the article titled, “Passion needed’ for farming sector,” click here.

    Source: 
    The New Age
  • Working Hand in Hand for Food Security in Soweto

    Development organisation Humana People to People in South Africa has partnered with Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) in efforts to work together with the people in Doornkop, Soweto to improve their food security.  

    For the past decade Humana’s Child Aid Doornkop project has worked side by side with community members to start vegetable gardens and the donation made by PPC makes it possible to continue this development at a new level. 

    Child Aid Doornkop has received funding of close to R150 000 from PPC to boost the project’s pilot vegetable garden initiative. The funding will be used to create a permaculture model garden at the project centre.  

    “The main aim is to create a standard garden that can be used for the training of the community members so that they can emulate it at their home gardens,” says Roland Ngoh, project leader at Child Aid Doornkop. “The community will be able to learn from the experiences of the project in gardening and permaculture.” 
     
    Permaculture is a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of farming. This can allow farmers to produce more food using fewer resources. Permaculture and agro-ecology improve soil fertility, adapt to climate change, and reduce farming input costs. 

    Twenty four project staff and community members will be trained in permaculture and agro-ecology. The project staff will then be able to train the 12 000 families in the area in permaculture. The primary vegetables will be spinach, tomatoes and green pepper which are the most preferred and staple vegetables in the community.

    - Ulrich Janse van Vuuren, Humana People to People in South Africa.

  • Global Warming Key to Food Security

    The United Nation World Food Programme (WFP) says global warming plays a big role in food security.
     
    WFP Southern Africa spokesperson, David Orr points out that there has been an increase in flooding in Southern Africa.
     
    Orr, who adds that the crop land has been pushed back by desert and drought has increased worldwide, says that the WFP is helping poor African nations with projects like building dams, irrigation canals and water harvesting systems, in the global fight against poverty.  
     
    To read article titled “Global warming plays key role in food security” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Food & Trees for Africa: Chief Agricultural Officer

    Food & Trees for Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, August 15, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is South Africa’s pioneering social enterprise addressing sustainable development through climate change action, food security and greening, with a strong focus on environmental and climate change education and awareness.

    FTFA seeks to appoint a Chief Agricultural Officer for the FEED Africa Programme, based in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

    This is a permanent position.

    Responsibilities: 

    • Ensure the implementation of the Farmer-Eco Enterprise Development (FEED) Africa Programme in line with the technical and agricultural guidelines to ensure sustainable farm production on all projects;
    • Further develop and enhance the agricultural services delivered on all projects;
    • Conduct oneself appropriately and maintain adequate knowledge and skill pertaining to agricultural science;
    • Report on projects progress to the Programme Management of FEED Africa.

    Requirements:

    • Minimum of five years experience.

    To apply, submit a CV to jobs@trees.org.za with “Agriculturalist” as the subject.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about Food & Trees for Africa, refer to www.trees.co.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Food & Trees for Africa: Packhouse and Sales Coordinator

    Food & Trees for Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, August 15, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is South Africa’s pioneering social enterprise addressing sustainable development through climate change action, food security and greening, with a strong focus on environmental and climate change education and awareness.

    FTFA seeks to appoint a Packhouse and Sales Coordinator for the FEED Africa Programme, based in KwaZulu-Natal.

    This is a one-year fixed term contract.

    Responsibilities: 

    • Assist the Programme Manager (PM) to coordinate the development and implementation of packhouses and produce sales on all projects;
    • Ensure that implementation is aligned to all guidelines as directed by the (PM) and compliment the sustainable farm production on all projects;
    • Implement the relevant quality control systems for all packhouses and sales processes;
    • Conduct oneself appropriately and maintain adequate knowledge and skill pertaining to agricultural science;
    • Report on projects progress to the Programme Manager of FEED Africa. 

    Requirements:

    • Minimum of two years experience

    To apply, submit a CV to jobs@trees.org.za, with “Packhouse & Sales Coordinator” as the Subject.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about Food & Trees for Africa, refer to www.trees.co.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Food Security: Not Simply a Matter of Access to Food

    In its fourth CSI That Works breakfast on 25 June 2014 in Johannesburg, FirstRand Foundation shared its research findings collated from a desktop survey and several case studies on food security programmes entitled: the ‘South African Food Security Paradox’. FirstRand Limited chief executive officer, Sizwe Nxasana, expressed the view that ‘knowledge-sharing among public and private sector as well as civil society will enhance collective efforts to alleviate food insecurity in the country’.
     
    “Food security is a multi-faceted challenge which is not simply a matter of ensuring that every citizen has access to food. A weakening economy, job losses and rising food costs undoubtedly exacerbate the plight of poverty-stricken households who already battle to maintain their daily food basket.  We need to draw from interventions designed to alleviate food (in)security and apply best practice to ensure that we effectively reduce the number of people suffering from hunger or malnutrition, as well as those who are at risk,” said Nxasana.
     
    Key objectives of the research study included: 
    • An assessment of the state of food insecurity in urban and rural areas and its implications on business, the economy and society;
    • A review of government’s response and interventions to improve food security in the country;
    • An evaluation of current initiatives promoting agriculture, food security and livelihoods; and
    • The identification of emerging opportunities for high-impact corporate social investment (CSI) in eliminating food insecurity in the country.
    Nxasana explained the importance of the research: “In order for us to create and implement sustainable solutions, we need to understand why chronic food insecurity persists for 57 percent of the population while South Africa produces adequate food to feed the entire population1.
     
    Improving the effectiveness of the of school feeding programmes will play an integral role in alleviating this burden as they give children from poor communities the opportunity to access food while simultaneously acquiring an education.
     
    What is encouraging though, according to Nxasana, is that the high rate of urbanisation has not resulted in the decline of subsistence agriculture as a livelihood option for rural communities - an option that enhances access to food as well as the opportunity to earn an income2. However, reliance on social grants to supplement livelihoods remains a stark reality in rural areas3  and urbanisation has put additional strain on housing, health and provision of energy, water and waste management services.
     
    The research indicates that in both rural and urban communities, food gardens are still being developed as a means to contribute to household food security. But while most mothers and grandmothers are involved in food production, there are only limited skills training opportunities for women seeking to formalise their involvement in farming.

    There are still many prospects for donors to partner with small-scale farmers on the food supply chain and to assist them with access to markets. And while government has made an immense effort to enact various pieces of legislation to address food security, major challenges in the agricultural sector still remain.
     
    In 2013, the country’s total CSI spend amounted to R7.8 billion of which R468 million was allocated to food security and agriculture: 35 percent was channelled towards food relief and feeding schemes, 29 percent on subsistence farming, 18 percent of small-scale farming and commercial agriculture, 15 percent on infrastructure, facilities and equipment and two percent on various donations.
     
    The research study revealed key learnings and proposed actions for the implementation of CSI interventions in agriculture and food security: 
    • Shift funding from food relief programmes to training and skills development interventions;
    • Promote initiatives that promote gender equity in agriculture and the food security sector;
    • Support the design and implementation of educational programmes linked to community development;
    • Support the use of technology in improving monitoring and evaluation of food security programmes;
    • Engage in structured public-private partnerships to optimise impact; and
    • Support small-scale commercial farmers linked to the business supply chain. 
    “At the FirstRand Foundation, we recognise that the magnitude of the issue of food security demands effective public-private partnerships to pool resources and expertise, to increase efficiency in implementing programmes aimed at alleviating food insecurity in the country,” offered Nxasana.
     
    Food Security panelists included Kelvin Glen, director of the Tiger Brands Foundation, Rob Small founder of the Farm & Garden National Trust, and Dr Danny Simatele from University of the Witwatersrand.

    [1] South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1), 2013.
    [2] Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). 2004. Food Security in South Africa: Key policy issues for the medium term. Position Paper. (http://www.hsrc.ac.za/research/outputDocuments/2394_DeKlerk_FoodSecurityinSA.pdf
    [3] de Klerk et al., 2004. Food Security in South Africa: Key Policy Issues for the Medium Term. Position Paper: Human Sciences Research Council.
     
  • Food & Trees for Africa: Programme Manager - FEED

    Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Tuesday, July 1, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is South Africa’s pioneering social enterprise addressing sustainable development through climate change action, food security and greening, with a strong focus on environmental and climate change education and awareness.

    FTFA seeks to appoint a Programme Manager for their Farmer-Eco Enterprise Development (FEED) Africa Programme based in Johannesburg, Gauteng, but extensive travelling will be required.

    Scope of the position:
    • To ensure the efficient and effective operation and implementation of the Farmer-Eco Enterprise Development (FEED) Africa Programme in line with Strategy as informed and directed by the Food & Trees for Africa (The Company) Management Committee.
    • To further develop and enhance the FEED Programme through innovation and creativity in implementation and operations.
    • To conduct oneself appropriately and maintain the credibility and good standing of The Company as Programme Liaison.
    • To Report of Programme Status to the Management Committee of Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA).
    Requirements:

    Project management:
    • Programme Administration ensuring compliance with Company guidelines and software packages;
    • Coordination of programme projects, staff and all other resources;
    • Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) of programme performance;
    • Facilitation of programme media, marketing, and communication and promotion.
    Financial administration:
    • Manage programme Budget;
    • Manage and administrate project Budgets;
    • Reconcile all budgets with finance department;
    • Manage service provider relationships and supplier databases;
    • Ensure good corporate governance with respect to all procurement and payments.
    Agricultural management:
    • Coordinate technical expertise namely the management of field staff, trainers and mentors;
    • Develop and oversee project implementation plans;
    • Ascertain the training requirements, mentorship requirements, infrastructure requirements, management and reporting requirements for all projects;
    • Develop Sales Strategy for all projects;
    • Ensure delivery of programme services through monitoring and evaluation;
    • Develop peporting framework for all staff within the Programme;
    • Conduct weekly project management meetings with relevant staff.
    Reporting and client relationship management: 
    • Prepare clients narrative and financial reports in agreed format;
    • Submit reports in line with the reporting schedule;
    • Schedule and manage report meetings with clients;
    • Schedule and manage all other project related meetings involving Steering Committee Stakeholders.
    To apply, submit a CV and contact details of three referees to feedadmin@trees.org.za

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Should you have not been contacted within 10 days of the closing date, assume that their applications were not successful. 

    For more about Food & Trees for Africa, refer to http://trees.co.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Food & Trees for Africa: Executive Director

    Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, June 27, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is South Africa’s pioneering social enterprise addressing sustainable development through climate change action, food security and greening, with a strong focus on environmental and climate change education and awareness.

    FTFA seekers to appoint an Executive Director, based in Wendywood, Sandton.
     
    Responsibilities: 
    • Strategic and creative planning and innovation;
    • Organisational and general management including Finances;
    • Human resource management;
    • Programme management, networking and communications;
    • Board and sponsor liaison and reporting, including fundraising.
    The preferred candidate should be a professional and passionate environmentalist, with a minimum of seven years management experience in this field. Strong leadership capabilities, innovation and excellent inter-personal skills are a prerequisite.
     
    Salary: Commensurate benefits within the NGO sector.

    To apply, submit a CV and contact details of three referees to jobs@trees.org.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about Food & Trees for Africa, refer to http://trees.co.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Rising CO2 Threat to Nutrient Levels in Crops

    Researchers have warned that rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may cut the nutritional quality of some of the world's most important food crops.

    They say the amounts of two important nutrients, zinc and iron, were found to be lower in wheat, rice, soybeans and field peas grown in open-air fields where the scientists created CO2 concentrations at the level they forecast for Earth by roughly 2050, about 550 parts per million.

    "This is important because almost two billion people globally receive most of these two nutrients (zinc and iron) by eating crops," says University of Illinois plant biology professor, Andrew Leakey, one of the researchers.

    To read the article titled, “Rising CO2 levels may cut nutrient levels in crops, study finds,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
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