Burning Planet: Interview: South Africa Climate Change ‘Hotspot’

Article written by Kevin Bloom and originally published in Daily Maverick on 7 November 2018 In a world that’s warmed 1°C against pre-industrial levels, bringing wildfires, droughts and heatwaves to vast regions of the planet, South Africa has warmed at twice the global average. What’s the science behind this? What are the implications for our farmlands … More Burning Planet: Interview: South Africa Climate Change ‘Hotspot’

The real seeds producers: Small-scale farmers save, use, share and enhance the seed diversity of the crops that feed Africa

Introduction: Seed is life Farming started when local communities started collecting, planting and selecting seeds – modifying them to meet their needs in the process. Today’s seed also embodies centuries of knowledge about how to conserve, change, plant and guide it to fruitful expression. Seed is about culture, tradition, spirituality, cooperation and diversity. And finally, seed … More The real seeds producers: Small-scale farmers save, use, share and enhance the seed diversity of the crops that feed Africa

World Food Day road show in the Cape

A four-day roadshow culminating in a gathering of women from several corners of the province was how Mawubuye activists in the Western Cape commemorated World Food Day and International Rural Women’s Day. Comrades Reinette Heunis and Denia Jansen led the team with the first day of activities held in Genadendal on Tuesday 16 October, followed by … More World Food Day road show in the Cape

Free State women team up with local government for Rural Women’s Day

The Free State Rural Women’s Assembly teamed up with the local Ward Councillor and Ward Committee of Ward 3 in Botshabelo to host an International Rural Women’s Day event at the Samson Sefuthi Hall in Botshabelo. Women activists from Excelsior in Mahlatswetsa District, and from different sections of Botshabelo attended the event. The local government … More Free State women team up with local government for Rural Women’s Day

Exploring the challenges faced by rural women

Over a hundred women activists in the Eastern Cape converged on Tshabo Village 1 near Berlin on October 19 to mark International Rural Women’s Day. The event was attended by women from different Inyanda movements such as Makukhanye, Siyazakha, Rural People’s Movement and Ilizwi Lamafama Women’s Forum, who hosted the event. “The main objective of … More Exploring the challenges faced by rural women

Farmer input subsidies interrogated at regional women’s gathering

Over a hundred delegates from ten Southern African countries gathered in Windhoek, Namibia, to tackle the issues of Farmer Input Subsidy Programmes (FISPs) and government support for agroecology in the region. The workshop, convened jointly by the Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) and African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), was part of the SADC People’s Summit, a … More Farmer input subsidies interrogated at regional women’s gathering

Successful Rural Women’s Assembly in Namibia

Africa has a long and old tradition of patriarchy that women across the region have to battle against to secure real equality in accessing land. But women’s power received a boost this month following a successful Rural Women’s Assembly held in Windhoek, Namibia. Over a hundred women from Southern Africa converged for the annual Assembly … More Successful Rural Women’s Assembly in Namibia

Report from SADC regional farmer speak out on farm input subsidy programmes

Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) and African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) jointly hosted a meeting of farmers and civil society organisations (CSOs) to share views and experiences on farm input subsidy programmes and public sector support for agroecology in the region. About 140 participants from Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mauritius, Lesotho, Swaziland … More Report from SADC regional farmer speak out on farm input subsidy programmes

Southern African rural women speak out against patriarchal land ownership!

Over 150 rural women from across Southern Africa, mostly members of the Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) organised a public meeting as part of the People’s Summit organised by SAPSN (Southern African People’s Solidarity Network) in Windhoek from the 16-17 August. There were speakers from Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Ghana, Madagascar, South Africa and Swaziland. All … More Southern African rural women speak out against patriarchal land ownership!

MEDIA STATEMENT: RURAL WOMEN GATHER FOR STRONG MESSAGE TO SADC LEADERS

MEDIA STATEMENT  August 15, 2018  RURAL WOMEN GATHER FOR STRONG MESSAGE TO SADC LEADERS Rural women delegates from nine Southern African countries are gathered in Windhoek, Namibia ahead of this week’s SADC summit to formulate a strong message to SADC leaders around land, food security, and rural development. The Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) is a … More MEDIA STATEMENT: RURAL WOMEN GATHER FOR STRONG MESSAGE TO SADC LEADERS