Category: 'Agriculture'

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Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

This article looks at the role of women in agriculture and how ensuring women play an economic part in agriculture, world hunger can be reduced. The article gives case studies involving the empowerment of women and how that has been beneficial not only for the women involved but also the community which they work in.

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Business services in support of farm enterprise development: case studies

This working document focuses on enterprise development in farming. The document provides case studies from Asia and Africa and outlines how non-financial services (training, counseling, policy advocacy etc.) are given to farmers in the various countries and how this has helped their sustainability. It provides great information for others to learn from these developments.

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Responding to ‘land grabbing’ and Promoting Investment in Agriculture

This article looks at how land grabbing has become a serious problem across the globe and how it has affected economic growth in the agricultural sector. The article also looks at how more investment needs to occur in agriculture so that smallholder farmers can grow and have access to the markets.

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The Importance of Agro-Industry for Socio-Economic Development and Poverty Reduction

This discussion paper looks at how the agricultural industry can be used by governments and international organisations in promoting economic growth. This paper also looks at how small businesses and job creation can be increased by supporting agricultural growth.

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Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

This policy document looks at the different sectors of agriculture, forestry and fisheries and the challenges they face. The policy advocates for a strategy which will increase economic growth, skills development and environmental sustainability.

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Food Security

This research report outlines the food security status in South Africa, it highlights the challenges facing food security in South Africa, particulary household food security. The report also looks at how the Department of Agriculture, both provincial and national, can help in ensuring household food security by encouraging subistence farming amongst South Africans living in […]

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The Integrated Food Security Strategy for South Africa

The strategy outlined by the Department of Agriculture aims to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity by 2015. The purpose is to ensure that all South Africans get universal physical,social and economic access to sufficent and safe food. The document addresses the challenges facing this goal such as ensuring enough food is available. It is […]

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Sustainable Job Creation in the SA Agricultural Sector

The presentation considers the reasons for job-losses in the agriculture industry and looks at the increase in foodstuff imports and the subsequent decrease in foodstuff exports in South Africa. It also looks at government policies, the local marketplace and the South African agriculture sector as inhibitors to job creation. Finally, recommendations are made to governments, […]