Rural development

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.

Court Order to Keep Modise’s Livestock

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says it has obtained a court order permitting them to keep animals belonging to National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson, Thandi Modise.

The move follows a report that Modise plans to approach the courts to compel the SPCA to return livestock impounded at her Potchefstroom farm last month.

NGO Merger Will Benefit Africa

Merged non-governmental organisations (NGOs) say they need to pool resources if they are to make a significant difference.

The merger of Irish NGOs, Gorta, and Self Help Africa has created one of the largest nonprofit agricultural organisations in Ireland and Britain.

Gorta was set up in 1965 as an Irish response to a United Nations hunger campaign; Self Help Africa had its genesis in the Ethiopian famine of 1984 and together they will implement programmes in Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso.

UN Laments Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

The United Nations (UN) says that Sub-Saharan Africa is the only developing region that saw the number of people living in extreme poverty rise steadily over the last two decades.

In its findings of the latest Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report launched by secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, the UN argues that while progress has been made globally on a number of targets, including across Africa - population growth, conflicts and declines in aid to poor countries has made reaching many MDG targets unlikely by next year's deadline.

SPCA Investigates Farm Animal Deaths

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says it has contacted National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson, Thandi Modise, after having to put down more than 100 livestock that were starving on a farm she allegedly owns near Potchefstroom in North West.

The SPCA’s Andries Venter, says he spoke to Modise who maintained she was not been aware of what was going on because she is currently based in Cape Town.

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. 

SA Farmers Working to Avoid Labour Laws

Reports have found that, agriculture in South Africa is doing well, however, South African farmers are working to avoid labour legislation such as land claims and higher minimum wages for farmworkers.

As an indication of the health of agriculture, four state-of-the-art tractors, each costing R4.5 million, were sold on the first two days of the agricultural show, held from 13-16 May 2014.

NGO: Malawi Women Have No Land Rights

Malawi’s Nsanje Kuchene Women Forum has said despite women being the major agricultural producers in the country, they remain largely absent at all levels of policy-making, project formulation and management of land.
 
The forum's president, Mary Namalomba, notes that under Malawi's formal law, women and men have the right to own land, individually or jointly with others, and the Constitution prohibits gender discrimination.
 

NGO Trains Young Farmers in Delmas

Farming is labour intensive and needs individuals with a passion for the industry, young farmers who are attending courses in Delmas said.

Buhle Academy, a non-governmental organisation started in year 2000, has already produced more than 3000 farmers.

One of the students, 20-year-old Thami Mthethwa from Soweto is attending a vegetable production course. Mthethwa attended a farmers’ expo last year in Nasrec and developed an interest in farming.

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