Women say NO to violent extractives and pesticides

In February, during the Alternative Mining Indaba, the People’s Dialogue and WoMin organised a public meeting where rural women spoke out about the condition that they live and work under. Rural women working in the agricultural sector and rural women affected by mining have shared powerful testimonies about the structural and physical violence they experience … More Women say NO to violent extractives and pesticides

The earth system in crisis

We are currently in a situation of rapidly worsening planetary emergency, with climate change deteriorating and ecological boundaries exceeding thresholds. While the COP22 was being held last year the World Meteorological Organization reported that global average temperatures have risen to about 1.2°C above preindustrial levels, dangerously close to the initial 1.5°C boundary set by the … More The earth system in crisis

Searching for a New Left: Perspectives and Strategies

New Politics Conference on the “Crisis of Politics and the Politics of Crisis”. A compelling international conference where 60 activists from around the world (except from Asia, regrettably) converged to develop new left thinking and strategies in the search for a new emancipatory politics. There was robust debate on a number of important issues with a number of important questions asked that we … More Searching for a New Left: Perspectives and Strategies

Extractivism: The crisis of civilisation

Extractivism is a violent, disruptive form of accumulation – it has destroyed previous modes of production with millions of people being deprived of land, water and their modes of subsistence. These were among the observations made by participants at a People’s Dialogue seminar focussing on exctractivism as a mode of capital accumulation. The two-day event, … More Extractivism: The crisis of civilisation

We need to campaign against transnational corporations

Over 60 grassroots activists gathered in Cape Town on February 8 for a two hour information session about the campaign against Trans-National Corporations (TNC). The event was organised by the Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power, a regional chapter of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power, Stop Impunity and Reclaim Peoples’ Sovereignty. During … More We need to campaign against transnational corporations

PEOPLES’ DIALOGUE – A FOCUS ON EXTRACTIVISM AND ALTERNATIVES

The Peoples’ Dialogue (PD), Women in Mining and the AIDC (Alternative Information Centre) held a meeting in Cape Town (13-14th March 2017), to interrogate extractivism as a model of development and stimulate debates on alternatives. Present were African and Latin American activists from grassroots movements and NGOs as well as scholars from these two continents … More PEOPLES’ DIALOGUE – A FOCUS ON EXTRACTIVISM AND ALTERNATIVES

IN CONVERSATION: Rural Women and Drought Resilience: Planting Drought Resistant Crops

Josephine Fugre is a small holder farmer from Mukwe in the Kavango East region in the north eastern part of Namibia. She has been farming since 2011. Josephine depends largely on rain for her crops. Josephine is planting drought-resistant maize. It only needs four months rain for it to be ready for harvesting. And if it doesn’t … More IN CONVERSATION: Rural Women and Drought Resilience: Planting Drought Resistant Crops

ARTICLE: ARTICLE: Agroecology as an Alternative Vision to Conventional Development and Climate-smart Agriculture

With the increasing drought in Africa, climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is often proposed to enable small holder farmers to adapt or mitigate and become more resilient. It is also considered as a proactive method for managing the drought in the context of food security and is used interchangeably with agroecology. However, it differs fundamentally from agroecology. In … More ARTICLE: ARTICLE: Agroecology as an Alternative Vision to Conventional Development and Climate-smart Agriculture

RWA Country Activities: February – March 2017

Namibian Rural Women’s Assembly Celebrates International Women’s Day  South African RWA celebrates International Women’s Day with a Discussion of Traditional Courts Bill and Traditional Khoi-San and Leadership Bill  On 8 March 2017, the South African chapter of RWA hosted a workshop on the Traditional Courts Bill and the Traditional Khoi-San and Leadership Bill in celebration of … More RWA Country Activities: February – March 2017

POLICY: Towards a Drought Policy: The Windhoek Declaration for Enhancing Drought Resilience to Drought in Africa

Two consecutive years of erratic rain and dryness, exacerbated by El Nino, has caused the worst drought in 35 years in Southern Africa. This resulted in the second consecutive failed harvest impacting on food availability in the region. Food availability has been reduced by 15% compared to the 5-year average. The region recorded cereal and … More POLICY: Towards a Drought Policy: The Windhoek Declaration for Enhancing Drought Resilience to Drought in Africa