Rural development

NGOs Take on Green Revolution Technologies

Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies.
 
They argue that GM and Green Revolution practices - those aimed at increasing developing countries’ crop yields through specific innovations - will, in the long run, be detrimental to ecosystems across the continent.
 
Earlier this month, a coalition of almost 60 civil society groups across Africa came out to protest AGRA ahead of the G8 Summit in London.
 

Food Security Improves in Sub-Saharan Africa

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa are improving their food security, while output by many developed states in Europe has regressed.

According to the latest Global Food Security index of The Economist Intelligence Unit, "Sub-Saharan African nations made significant progress this past year," according to the report. In contrast, there was "a fall in developed European economies, in particular Greece."

Bullying Basarwa No Big Deal in Botswana

According to Kealeboga Dihutso, it took another court battle for the Botswana government to accept that whatever plans they had to remove Basarwa from Ranyane were wrong.
 
Dihutso is of the view that the government would like the Batswana to believe that this is an out-of-court settlement and that there is no issue as they agree in principle and that it was not ‘really’ forcing anyone out. 
 
"The government for whatever reason does not want Basarwa there and whether we can believe their reasons or not is a story for another day," adds Dihutso.
 

A Scan of Rural Civil Society

This review seeks new information that goes beyond the usual discussions of rural civil society to help inform fresh-thinking and a deeper understanding of the strategic issues involved in relations between poor, marginalised rural people, their organisations, and organs of the state. The process was undertake interested in how research can best empower rural civil society organisations (CSOs) in their dealings with government and other role players, and how to strengthen the democratic policy process.

Nations Urged to Prioritise Food Security, Nutrition

Three Rome-based United Nations (UN) agencies have called for food security and nutrition to be placed at the core of the international agenda for African development.

Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) director-general, Jose Graziano da Silva, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) president, Kanayo Nwanze, and World Food Programme executive director, Ertharin Cousin, say special attention should be given to small-holder farmers in Africa to help them improve global food security.

Contesting the Food System in South Africa: Issues and Opportunities

In light of rising local and global food prices, this report analyses South Africa’s current food production and distribution systems, considers the entrenched power dynamics that shape them, and whether more radical transformation of the agro-food system is needed to ensure adequate access to food for all. ‘Contesting the Food System in South Africa: Issues and Opportunities’ examines possible points of intervention which could open the system to better involve marginalised or passively incorporated people into the system.

Corporate Social Responsibility As A Response to Disaster Risk Reduction

In its consideration of Disaster Risk and Resilience (DRR), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) defines ‘resilience’ as ‘…the ability of a system, community or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate to, and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner.’
 

Latest Unemployment Figures Shock COSATU

The Statistics South Africa Quarterly Labour Force Survey has revealed that the number of unemployed persons increased by 100 000 people to 4.6 million between the fourth quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013. This took the country's official unemployment rate to 25.2 percent from 24.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012.
 

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