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Card image 17 October 2020 Mail & Guardian

Dust erosion harms SA’s food bowl

If micronutrients are blown away and the soil dries, the Free State maize crop is threatened

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stricken Eastern Cape Karoo dorp of Klipplaat

The residents of Klipplaat in the Eastern Cape Karoo are losing the battle against hunger and thirst. The provincial Department of Social Development’s soup kitchen has been feeding twice the number of people for which it was originally funded. Hundreds of food parcels are being handed out and several private donors are also trying to help, but Klipplaat is losing the battle. The town’s taps are also dry.

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World Food Day: Guarantee affordable food for all through better policies on agriculture

More than 820 million people in the world still wake up and go to sleep hungry, proving how far we still are from achieving the Zero Hunger Sustainable Development Goal target by 2030.

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15 October 2020 Food for Mzansi

Cheers to the rural women who carry their communities

Women are the backbone of rural economies. You need to look no further than Phumzile Ntuli and the Qalekhaya Primary Cooperative in KwaZulu-Natal for proof of this statement. Today, 15 October, marks the International Day of Rural Women, which recognises the critical role and contribution of...

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Card image 15 October 2020 Bizcommunity

SA’s Covid-19 hunger relief efforts are working: why they must continue

Many of the improvements related to hunger and food security recorded between 2000 and 2018 were almost entirely reversed by South Africa's hard lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic...

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Card image 12 October 2020 Farmer’s Weekly

Unlocking Africa’s agribusiness potential with platform thinking

While small-scale farmers contribute 70% to 80% to the food produced in Africa, these farmers often face challenges, such as the inability to access markets, that simply do not allow them to expand their operations. Standard Bank has thus launched the OneFarm app to bring together small-scale producers and buyers.

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Card image 07 October 2020 GroundUp

Top SA environmental research centre faces funding crisis

National Research Foundation is cutting back money for South Africa’s Centres of Excellence

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South Africa’s continuing economic pandemic

Grant top-ups and the new social relief of stress grant must be extended beyond October as crucial indicators show that the country’s economic prospects remain grim.

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Card image 30 September 2020 CNBC Africa

Food loss and waste must be reduced for greater food security and environmental sustainability

Download logoAt the global event marking today the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and their partners urged everyone to do more to reduce food loss and waste or risk an even greater drop in food security and natural resources. Some 690 million people today are hungry and three billion cannot afford a healthy diet. Hunger has been on the rise for the past fi

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Card image 22 September 2020 Food for Mzansi

Tools to enhance collation of information in the agricultural sector

Market information is essential for effective business decisions, more so on agricultural value-chains. It is also critical ingredient in the development of agricultural programmes. However, smallholder farmers seldom feel the impact of market information either because the information does not efficiently cover them or information on them is limited or does not exist at all. […]

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Been both furious and broken for the last 18 hours.

Ma Ntshangase was an absolute force in person, overflowing with warmth, good humour, and a burning desire to hold the Tendele coal mine for its innumerable injustices to her and her Somkhele community.

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Fikile Ntshangase opposed a mine extension. Last night she was murdered http://www.groundup.org.za/article/mining-activist-murdered-kzn/ @CentreEnvRights @EnvironmentMinister

Runaway fires burning since Sunday have destroyed embattled farming areas in Hertzogville, Hoopstad, Bulfontein and Dealesville in the Free State, and in the Frances Baard District near Warrenton in the Northern Cape.
https://citizen.co.za/multimedia/2373889/video-governments-silence-on-fs-nc-fires-failing-farmers-once-again-says-union/#.X5LAQTCP3J0.twitter via @TheCitizen_News

Land occupiers tear down ‘unoccupied’ shacks in overcrowded informal settlement “We have all invaded this land and no one has the right to destroy another invader’s shack,” https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2020-10-19-land-occupiers-tear-down-unoccupied-shacks-in-overcrowded-informal-settlement/ via @TimesLIVE

The government has been engaging with investors to clarify why land reform is needed, emphasized that there won’t be wholesale gazetting of land for seizure and designated the courts to be the final arbiters in any disputes, https://businesstech.co.za/news/government/442208/south-africa-moves-to-soothe-investor-fears-over-land-grabs/ via @businesstechSA

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