Rural development

SAHRC Slam Businesses for Rights Abuses

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has for the first time exposed human rights violations across multiple local sectors.

In its first report into human rights abuses in the local business sector, the SAHRC is concerned that all the issues raised five years ago by the International Institute for Human Rights and Business in a presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council still plague the South African business sector.

Social Work Will Improve – Nxumalo

Conny Nxumalo, deputy director-general at the Department of Social Development, says the type of social ills in South African society today require social workers who play a more prominent role and do more than just caring.
 
Speaking from the Social Workers Indaba taking place in Durban, Nxumalo said one of the main purposes of the Indaba is to look at how the current social work curriculum could be improved because the roles of social workers are changing and they now need to play a role in the socio-economic development of this country.
 

FAO Says E45m Need for Swazi Farmers

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) says that a total investment of E45 million is needed by farmers for tractor drawn implements that are compatible with conservation agriculture (CA) over the next three years.
 
FAO’s Khanyisile Mabuza says such a development will lead to better use of tractors with reduction in tractor hours per household up to 60 percent.
 

Activists Condemn Land Given to Chinese

A group of youth activists condemned the Namibian government's intention to approve the lease of 10 000 hectares of fertile land to a Chinese company wanting to grow tobacco for export.

Group leader, Job Amupanda, argues that, "It is our submission that to allocate more land for tobacco than is allocated for food production is a deviation from the policy direction taken by the Namibian government through its Agriculture Ministry, which leans towards eradicating limitations to Namibia's capacity to provide food security and adequate levels of nutrition."

High Food Prices Leave Millions Hungry

After 20 years of democracy, 14 million citizens still go to bed hungry every night, while less than half the number of households in the country consistently have enough food to eat.

According to James Jonas, spokesperson for the Food Sovereignty Campaign, an organisation that provided the statistics, South Africans are starving partly because of exorbitant food prices.

Standard of Living Better in SA: Stats SA

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) poor South Africans enjoy a better standard of living compared to their counterparts in many other countries.

The latest figures released by Statistics South Africa puts the country's extreme poverty line at R26 a day per person.

This is almost double the international line for extreme poverty, at about R14 per day. Lack of proper housing, malnutrition and hunger are some of the characteristics of poverty.

Growing Poverty in South Africa

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says the number of South Africans living in poverty has increased since 2010.

Statistician general, Pali Lehohla, states that in 2010, 20 percent of South Africa's population fell below the poverty line.

Lehohla, who maintains that poverty has increased to 21.5 percent in 2014, adds that, "The same is true for the austere poverty line, which stipulates the threshold below which one has to sacrifice some food to obtain some basic non-food items."

Impact of Climate Change Highlighted

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the impacts of climate change will significantly affect food security, water availability, human health and ultimately economic growth in Africa.
 
The report, which is under discussion at the opening of the four day Climate Change Dialogue at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, found that Africa's climate is already changing and the impacts are already being felt.
 

Gates Criticised for Spending Less on Africa

According to John Vidal, African non-governmental organisations received just four percent of Bill Gates’ money for agriculture work, with 75 percent for United States organisations.

Vidal says that most of the US$3 billion that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given to benefit hungry people in the world’s poorest countries has been spent in the United States, Britain and other rich countries, with only around 10 percent spent in Africa.

Africans Worst Affected by Undernourishment

Africa is lagging behind in tackling hunger with reports showing that over 25 percent of Africa’s population suffer from acute undernourishment.

According to the 2014 Hunger Map and a report titled the ‘State of Food Insecurity in the World: Strengthening the Enabling Environment for Food Security and Nutrition’ jointly prepared by World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the number of hungry people has fallen by over 200 million since 1992.

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