• South Africa Prioritises Food Security

    The South African government is mulling ways to improve access to food and ensure good nutrition, including proposals to increase public spending on social programmes that affect food security and market interventions.
    Problems listed by the National Policy on Food and Nutrition Security approved by the cabinet include inadequate safety nets and emergency management systems to provide for those who cannot meet their immediate food needs and a lack of knowledge and resources for people to make good choices for nutritious diets, among others.
    A study in 2012 found that 26 percent of households experienced hunger and 28 percent were at risk of food insecurity.
    To read the article titled, “Food security on the table,” click here.

    Times Live
  • GMOs: The ‘Good and Bad’

    According to an article articled ‘The Good and Bad of Genetically Modified Organisms’ by Peter Sunday, the African Union a few months back called for an explanation regarding the good and the bad of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for Ugandans to decide which path to take.

    Sunday states that the debate  around GMOs comes at a time  when 400 African organisations representing small-scale farmers, faith-based organisations, social movements, non-governmental organisations, organic producers, consumers business people have signed an African civil society petition sent to African union denouncing GMOs on the basis of lack safety data on GMOs.

    He further states that major trading countries are involved in conflicts in relation to patent rights of the products produced, with others argues that GM corn can trigger health problems like allergies.

    To read the article titled, “The good and bad of Genetically Modified Organisms,” click here.

    New Vision
  • Mateus: Children Chronically Malnourished

    According to the deputy minister for Women's Affairs and Social Welfare, Virgilio Mateus, chronic malnutrition affects 43 percent of Mozambican children under the age of five.

    Speaking at the launch of a report by the United Nations Children's Fund, Mateus says the figure is an improvement from 2013, where 48 percent of all children under five were suffering from chronic malnutrition.

    He recognises that malnutrition constitutes a threat to the survival and to the healthy development of children and that greater efforts are needed to improve the well-being of Mozambican children.

    To read the article titled, “43 percent of children chronically malnourished,” click here.

    All Africa
  • iKhaya le Themba: Director

    iKhaya leThemba (Home of Hope)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    iKhaya leThemba is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working from a purpose built campus, in the informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay. iKhaya leThemba's core work is to provide a safe and nurturing place for children between the ages of 6 and12 who have been affected by HIV/AIDS and other stressful life circumstances. The organisation does this by providing a structured, holistic after-school care programme, and family support where this is in the children’s interest. 90 children attend our programmes daily and are cared for by a team of 11 staff. iKhaya le Themba continues to relate to its founding church - Kingdom Vineyard Church in Kenilworth, and while the organisation is non-denominational we share the values and mission statement of the Vineyard Church.

    iKhaya leThemba seeks to appoint a Director, based in Cape Town.

    The successful candidate should be a dynamic director to take the organisation to the next phase of development. Together with a staff team of 10, the director is responsible for the oversight of an After-school programme and Community development program with a focus on supporting orphaned and vulnerable children and their families.

    The Director is supported directly by an experienced Education Programme Manager (who takes responsibility for the curriculum, teaching and care of the children) and an Operational Manager (who is responsible for iKhaya le Themba’s financial control, human resources, provisioning and maintenance management).

    The Director will report to the Board of iKhaya leThemba for all aspects of programme and operational management.

    • After school care for orphaned and vulnerable children aged 6-14 years;
    • Community Development and Parent Centre for families caring for orphans and vulnerable children that attend our programme;
    • Networking and Outreach programme forming links and sharing resources amongst like-minded organisations;
    • Improving organisational structures to ensure appropriate organisational development as well as efficient use of resources;
    • Development and care of the staff team and ability to manage the ongoing intern programme in the interests of iKhaya le Themba.
    • Ability to lead an organisation with creative vision;
    • Ability o work consultatively with developing communities;
    • People and programme management skills including planning, monitoring and evaluation, budget oversight, excellent spoken and written skills, reporting, funding applications;
    • Marketing skills including awareness and value of marketing tools, ability to write newsletters, maintain website and social media communications;
    • Ability to revise the financial strategy so as to ensure the ongoing financial sustainability of iKhaya le Themba;
    • Fundraising skills and experience with individuals, companies, charitable bodies, churches and schools;
    • A natural networker;
    • Strong leadership and people management skills including motivating and supporting a culturally diverse, dynamic staff team and giving direction to interns;
    • Preference given to Xhosa speakers, but the ability to write cogently in English is essential for donor communication;
    • Loves working with children and able to engage parents and guardians of children;
    • Strong sense of justice and compassionate heart;
    • Encourages teamwork in achieving objectives;
    • Motivated by love for Jesus and Christian values;
    • Experience working in NGO environments;
    • Experience with fundraising and proposal writing;
    • Previous team management experience.
    • Experience working in developing communities;
    • At least possess a four years tertiary management qualification or experience in appropriate field - eg: NGO or corporate management, community development, psychology, social work, pastoral care, education. 
    Salary: R249 600 - R312 000 (depending on qualifications and experience)

    Salary will also be negotiated according to experience and training. The Director is expected to work a 40-hour week and to be on site at iKhaya leThemba between 12-noon and 5pm during the school term. Position open from October 2014.

    To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter, copies of most relevant degrees, copy of ID, wrtten character reference from your church pastor and the names of two other referees familiar with your work to Nicky Lloyd, Director, Email:

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

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  • 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.

    All Africa
  • Campaign Aims to Fight Hunger

    Food Bank Angola (BAA) in partnership with local supermarkets held a foodstuffs raising campaign in Luanda, to contribute to the fight against hunger in the country.

    BAA chief executive officer, Albina Assis, says the campaign aims to boost her organisation and therefore make the foodstuffs to reach those who need it through specialised institutions.

    Assis adds that the campaign is the first conducted by BAA, adding that the items raised will be handed over to social institutions such as Mama Muxima orphanage, Centro Nossa Senhora da Boa Nova and Centre of the Association of Friendship among others.

    To read the article titled, “Food Bank runs foodstuffs raising campaign,” click here.

    All Africa
  • World Hunger Day Commemorated

    World Hunger Day, which is being observed on 28 May, is aimed at finding sustainable solutions to ending extreme hunger and poverty.

    The United Nations World Food Programme estimates that there are about 842 million undernourished people in the world.

    Poor nutrition causes nearly half of the deaths in children under the age of five, amounting to about 3.1 million children each year. 

    To read the article titled, “World Hunger Day seeks to find sustainable solutions,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Project Tackles, Prevents Stunting of Children

    The United Nations Humanitarian food agency has launched a new project to tackle stunting in nearly one million affected children under the age of five in Malawi.
    The World Food Programme (WFP) states that the project is designed to reduce stunting in the district by five to 10 percent, as well as build evidence for the best ways of tackling the problem.

    Meanwhile, World Vision - a relief, development and advocacy organisation working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice - has been selected by WFP as the lead non-governmental organisation partner in the project.

    To read the article titled, “New Project Aims to Tackle, Prevent Stunting of Malawian Children,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project: Assistant Coordinator

    Philani Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Project
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, February 28, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Philani Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Project is a community-based child health and nutrition organisation operating in the informal settlements surrounding Cape Town and in the rural or Thambo district of the Eastern Cape. The Philani Mentor Mother Programme aims to prevent child malnutrition and attendant morbidity and mortality. This aim is accomplished through house-to-house growth monitoring and health education, case follow-up for pregnant mothers and underweight children, assistance in the acquisition of government grants and through giving support in and education on the importance of early childhood development. Our Community Health Care Workers (Mentor Mothers) also attend to home-based care clients.

    Philani Maternal Child Health and Nutrition Project seeks to appoint a Assistant Coordinator, based in Khayelitsha, Western Cape.
    The Assistant Coordinator will manage between 10-15 Mentor Mothers and their associated cases. The primary responsibility of this role is to manage and support the Mentor Mothers ensuring that they are held accountable for the tasks set out in their job description.

    Working Hours:  Mon to Fri (40 hour week).

    Start date: As soon as possible
    • Supervise, support and manage the Mentor Mothers on their team;
    • Manage high-risk clients, providing them with medical care and advice;
    • Conduct home visits in Khayelitsha, Delft, Mfuleni, Crossroads, Philippi, etc;
    • Identify Mentor Mothers training needs and conducting continuous infield training;
    • Network with social workers, government clinics and agencies in the area;
    • Organise and attend community meetings;
    • Write reports.
    • Qualified as an Enrolled Nurse;
    • Minimum of two years nursing experience, preferably in the realm of community health;
    • Experience in Pediatrics;
    • Management and leadership experience;
    • Administrative skills;
    • Verbal and written communication skills;
    • First language ability in Xhosa;
    • The candidate should have a positive, open friendly and flexible attitude;
    • Valid drivers licence is a benefit.
    Salary: Negotiable

    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to or fax to 021 387 5107

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

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  • No Feeding Scheme at Limpopo Schools

    Rights group, SECTION27, says that despite government's national school feeding scheme, pupils at Tshinavhe Secondary School have been left hungry.
    SECTION27 states that pupils at a Limpopo school are writing exams without having had school meals for over two months.
    The organisation filed an urgent application in the high court in Pretoria on 8 November 2013 asking that the meals be delivered to Tshinavhe Secondary School in the Vhembe district.
    To read the article titled, “Limpopo school fails to feed pupils for two months,” click here.

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