Launch: Agrarian Rural Household Economy

Tshintsha Amakhaya (TA) is an alliance of NGOs in land and agrarian reform. The purpose of the NGO collaboration is to encourage active citizenship and deepen understanding of the structural causes of constraints facing rural people, and to identify and advocate for practical alternatives that promote household food security and national food sovereignty.

TA is hosting a launch of the Agrarian Rural Household Economy status report and community videos on 24 November 2012 in Cape Town.

This day-long interactive event is held to present findings from a large-scale survey on rural realities, to highlight pressing issues experienced by rural communities, and to agree on alternative pathways and joint campaigns.

The study was conducted in 2011 by TA partners. 1 743 respondents were interviewed in 12 local municipalities, across four provinces – Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, and Western Cape, involving people living on communal land, commercial farmland, land reform, commonage, church land, and informal settlements in rural towns.

The study identified high levels of unemployment, poverty and hunger, low levels of income from agricultural production, and lack of government support to rural households. Agrarian transformation is an illusion for the majority of rural South Africans. Skewed land ownership patterns remain entrenched. In the rural areas, large numbers of people are practicing some form of agriculture yet they remain excluded from the formal agri-food value chains.

Community members, with support from NGO staff, have produced short videos on pressing issues that emerged from the research such as access to land, post-land reform challenges, marketing of agricultural produce, evictions, and customary rights to natural resources. These videos will be launched together with the status report at this event.

Time: 09h00 - 16h00
 
For more information or to RSVP, contact:

Nokuthula Mthimunye
Media Liaison
Tshintsha Amakhaya
Tel: 033 345 7607
Mobile: 076 754 7110
E-mail: nokuthula@afra.co.za
 
For more about Tshintsha Amakhaya, refer to www.afra.co.za/jit_default_1165.html.

Event Start Date: 
Saturday, 24 November, 2012
Event Venue: 
Community House, 41 Salt River Road, Salt River 7925, Cape Town
Event Type: 
Launch

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