Hunger

USAID, EU Programme Benefit Farmers

A programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU) has helped small-scale farmers in dry areas of Zimbabwe ward off hunger and generate income by commercialising indigenous plants.

The programme, which is designed to teach harvesting and production skills and to link collectors or farmers to buyers and markets, has already benefitted 8 000 small-scale farmers.

African Governance is Improving too Slowly

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has become more famous for the award – or, more usually, the non-award – of its US$5 million annual prize for African leadership than for its Ibrahim Index on African Governance (IIAG).
 
It used to announce both at the same time, but the leadership prize inevitably stole the limelight from the governance index, despite the latter being a thorough and painstaking research effort.
 

Can GM Technology End Hunger in Africa?

For centuries, biotechnology has been used to modify food for human consumption. In recent decades, scientists have created transgenic crops, (2) which are widely promoted as solutions to world hunger. Commonly cultivated genetically-modified (GM) crops exhibit traits such as pest resistance, herbicide tolerance, or both. (3) Other traits, such as drought resistance, nutrient enrichment and enhanced robustness lead to further improvements in food productivity and quality.

Africare: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Africare’s Injongo Yethu Project provides technical support and assistance as a contribution to the South African Government’s response to HIV/AIDS in the Chris Hani, Cacadu and Amathole Districts of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the project aims to strengthen and scale up prevention, treatment, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, their caregivers, family members, and community including orphans and children made vulnerable due to HIV/AIDS.
 

Africare: Clinical Nurse Mentor

Africare’s Injongo Yethu Project provides technical support and assistance as a contribution to the South African Government’s response to HIV and AIDS in the Chris Hani, Cacadu and Amathole Districts of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the project aims to strengthen and scale up prevention, treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, their caregivers, family members, and community including orphans and children made vulnerable due to HIV and AIDS.
 

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 Parcels for Striking Miners

Thousands of striking miners have gathered at an Amplats platinum mine outside Rustenburg to receive food parcels from a non-governmental organisation, Gift of the Givers.

The organisation intervened after reports surfaced that members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) are going hungry as the four-month strike drags on.

Slow Progress in Tackling Poverty

Statistician-general, Pali Lehohla, says that though four million fewer people experienced poverty in 2011 compared with 2006, poverty remained high and inequality ‘stubbornly’ stagnant.

Despite a general decrease in poverty, the people of Nkandla municipality in KwaZulu-Natal - where the government spent R246 million to upgrade President Jacob Zuma's homestead - continue to live in extreme deprivation.

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