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

Message of Support to Small Scale Farmers on International Peasant Day

Mobilização ás Uniões Provinciais de Camponeses pela Ocasião de 17 de Abril Dia Internacional da Luta dos Camponeses   Carrissimos Companheiros Carrissimas Companheiras O dia 17 de Abril foi declarado como dia de luta dos camponeses, em memória dos 19 camponeses assassinados em El Dorado dos Carajás no Brasil que lutavam pelo direito a terra … More Message of Support to Small Scale Farmers on International Peasant Day

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

Zim losing plot on food security due to women marginalisation

Article in  News Day | 15 February 2017  | By JAIROS SAUNYAMA ALTHOUGH Zimbabwe has made significant strides in promoting gender equality, female farmers feel marginalised and that has consequently affected the nation’s food security. Both rural and urban women farmers are bearing the brunt of gender disparities, as they are still facing problems of … More Zim losing plot on food security due to women marginalisation

COP-22 Newsletter Feature REPORTING ON ACTIVITIES BY SEVERAL AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS IN THE PEOPLE’S AUTONOMOUS SPACE AT THE CADI AYYAD UNIVERSITY IN MARAKECH, FROM 14-17 NOVEMBER 2016

We have an abundance of resources in Africa yet we remain so poor and underdeveloped  The Assembly on Extractives “Capitalism is an extractivist model therefore we speak about an extractive economy.” – Activist from Portugal in the campaign against fracking. The Assembly on Extractives was organised in the People’s Autonomous Space in Marrakech 15th November … More COP-22 Newsletter Feature REPORTING ON ACTIVITIES BY SEVERAL AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS IN THE PEOPLE’S AUTONOMOUS SPACE AT THE CADI AYYAD UNIVERSITY IN MARAKECH, FROM 14-17 NOVEMBER 2016

COP-22 Newsletter Feature REPORTING ON ACTIVITIES BY SEVERAL AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS IN THE PEOPLE’S AUTONOMOUS SPACE AT THE CADI AYYAD UNIVERSITY IN MARAKECH, FROM 14-17 NOVEMBER 2016

We march for “Climate change equals Systems change”    The Rural Women’s Assembly and the People’s Dialogue joined the thousands of people in Marrakech on November 13, 2016 who marched through the streets of the city that was hosting COP 22.  Although the march had a festive feel to it, the messages were serious. RWA … More COP-22 Newsletter Feature REPORTING ON ACTIVITIES BY SEVERAL AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS IN THE PEOPLE’S AUTONOMOUS SPACE AT THE CADI AYYAD UNIVERSITY IN MARAKECH, FROM 14-17 NOVEMBER 2016