The Manzini Peoples’ Declaration

2016 SADC Peoples’ Summit Manzini, 16 – 19 August 2016 The Manzini Peoples’ Declaration We, the more than two thousands representatives of the people of southern Africa, members and affiliates of various Social Movements, Trade Unions, Economic Justice, Human Rights, and Environmental Networks, Feminists, Women and Youth collectives, Non-Governmental Organisations, individual activists, students and academics, … More The Manzini Peoples’ Declaration

‘Land is our Vessel for Production. On Land We Earn Our Living’

Land is our vessel for production. On land we earn our living. Thanks to the land we take our children to school. It is women who work the land, but rural women, like me, don’t have land. I will give you examples of women life in Zambia; if you are married, any legal deeds to … More ‘Land is our Vessel for Production. On Land We Earn Our Living’

Rural Women Talks about Empowerment and Development for Socio-Economic and Political Emancipation

On Day 2 of the Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) Summit, the Rural Women’s Assembly, Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly and Women and Land in Southern Africa combined and collectively engaged in a discussion that focused on “Rural Women Empowerment and Development for Socio-economic and Political Emancipation. More than 100 women from the Southern Africa … More Rural Women Talks about Empowerment and Development for Socio-Economic and Political Emancipation

Press Statement: The Rural Women’s Assembly at the Southern African People’s Summit in Manzini, Swaziland

”The day we have freedom is the day we enjoy the same rights as men. When we ask for the same freedom as men we are perceived to not follow the law. We will not continue to be slaves. We have right to our land. We will fight for our land!” -Zodwa, Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly” The … More Press Statement: The Rural Women’s Assembly at the Southern African People’s Summit in Manzini, Swaziland

Reflection on the Farm Input Subsidy Programme in Malawi

Malawi is home to about 17 million people, more than 75% of whom are poor (World Bank 2016b). About 11 million Malawians engage in subsistence farming on plot sizes of less than 1 ha (New-ag.info n.d.). Malawi’s 2020 Vision (launched in 1998) identifies agriculture as key to growing the economy and bolstering social development (FAO … More Reflection on the Farm Input Subsidy Programme in Malawi

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) have important implications for small scale farmers in the region. This article provides a brief overview of this policy – how it will be implemented and its agenda WHAT IS CAADP? CAADP is an agricultural framework for the whole of Africa. It was adopted by the African Union … More The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)

ARTICLE: The illusion of cheap food under commodified agriculture

In this critique of the modern food system, Gunnar Rundgren argues that the commercialisation of farming has led us to view land, water and nature as private property and the life of the land, our symbionts, as commodities. It has given rise to the illusion of cheap food by externalising many of the attendant costs … More ARTICLE: The illusion of cheap food under commodified agriculture

ARTICLE: Without women there is no food sovereignty

Systems of food production and consumption have always been socially organized, but their organization has varied historically. In the last few decades, under the impact of neoliberal politics, the logic of capitalism has been imposed upon the ways in which food is produced and consumed (Bello, 2009). This article analyzes the impact of agro-industrial policies … More ARTICLE: Without women there is no food sovereignty