The Land Restitution Bill approved by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on 24 March 2014 may raise a cheer from traditional leaders, but it is not the game-changer that President Jacob Zuma promised in his State of the Nation address last year.
Climate change comes with never-before-experienced impacts. For example, crop yields and growing seasons will decrease even as changing rain patterns will worsen people’s access to water. Yet Africa’s population is projected to reach two billion in less than 37 years, and in 86 years three out of every four people added to the planet will be African.
Areas with water shortages deprive women of access to productive wealth such as education and paid formal and informal employment. This was one of the findings of a Water Research Commission (WRC) study into women in rural areas, which found that women's entrepreneurial dreams are not fulfilled as they struggle to have access to water.
East London based rural development project, gains recognition for its pioneering work.
Indibano, an economic development implementation organisation, is achieving significant results across the Eastern Cape by creating opportunities that enable underprivileged people to support and sustain themselves. Indibano’s collaborative efforts with the Kula Investment Group, Phambili Vuma Investments and PriceWaterHouse Coopers, has initiated several agriculturally-focused projects that promise to have a lasting impact in rural parts of the region.
International Food Policy Organisation suggests in a report that hunger could be eliminated by 2025 if enough resources are committed and countries scale up policies proven to work.
In the 2013 Global Food Policy Report, Shanggen Fan, director general of International Food Policy Research Institute, points out that, "Based on the successful experiences of several developing countries, we see the clear potential for ending hunger and under-nutrition by 2025 if the necessary policies and investments are adopted.
The United Nations (UN) is reportedly seeking to raise US$60 million to help feed Zimbabwe’s two million people in need of food assistance.
The country director of the UN World Food Programme in Zimbabwe, Sory Ouane, says the UN has budgeted US$86m for its food assistance programme to June this year.
Ouane says Zimbabwe is becoming a ‘forgotten emergency’ as there are other countries like the Central African Republic and South Sudan also in need of aid assistance.
Drawing on in-depth empirical research spanning a number of countries in Africa, Booth and Cammack's path-breaking book offers both an accessible overview of issues surrounding governance for development on the continent, while also offering a bold new alternative. In doing so, they controversially argue that externally imposed 'good governance' approaches make unrealistic assumptions about the choices leaders and officials are, in practice, able to make.
New and proposed legislations do not alleviate the most pressing challenges that people in rural areas face. Instead, these laws intensify existing struggles.
13 January 2014, marked the second leg of the public hearings on the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill. Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform is promising people that this new bill will bring them land and relief from hardship.
However, the public hearings that took in November last year (in Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga) revealed serious limitations with the current bill indicating that it will not benefit ordinary people.