Food Security, Food Gardens and Social Responsibility Investment

This information from Eddie Bisset of  Herbex whose Happy Child Foundation have been involved in helping Khayelitsha home owners with establishing food gardens as part of their on going social responsibility investment.

Benji at the centres veggie garden

Benji at the centres veggie garden

We have been working on a ‘backyard veggie garden’ project in Khayelitsha to increase food security and reduce malnutrition.
This project will be established in Nganini shack land which has over 70% unemployment and zero facilities.

We are in co-operation with Benji of Inity to roll out this initiative.He has identified 15 home owners who are prepared to use their little plots to establish veggie gardens.
The Happy Child Foundation is funding this project with an initial investment of nearly R40,000.

Yesterday Andre, Nichelle and I went out with Benji and met some of the homeowners involved in the project.
These are all wonderful people with little hope of stable employment.To put you in the picture I’ve used one family’s story as an example.

Continue reading

“If we’re serious about food security, we have to tackle population growth,” says Porritt

This article originally appeared in Green Futures, the leading magazine on environmental solutions and sustainable futures published by Forum for the Future by Jonathon Porritt 

Jonathon Porritt finds the Government’s response to food security “creative” – but can’t forgive its failure to address population issues

People listen to the UK’s Chief Scientific Advisor – especially when his careful analysis reflects their own intuitive angst. So it’s not surprising that Sir John Beddington’s “perfect storm” hypothesis – that rising demand for energy, water and food will have a massively damaging effect on the global economy by 2030 – has had a huge impact.

But setting the convergence point for his perfect storm way out there in 2030 never made much sense to me. The dramatic spike in oil and food prices in 2008 indicated a near-term emergency rather than a potential medium-term crisis. Continue reading

Food on the table, humanity’s ever-increasing battle

Food security, hungry people, ineffective government, supermarkets monopolies and not buying local, failures of small farmers – these are bigger issue, but less newsworthy than who heads up an extortionist soccer empire or what cellphone to buy next – and other issues that were in yesterday’s papers headlines. I usually prefer to read these mindless and remote stories than about issues that are painful – like where does our food come from and where does our common humanity begin – while criticizing Arab leaders we are immune to how our own local daily actions in supporting big business or preferring food and products moved around the globe to making sure local entrepreneurs and possible farmers gain support and opposing the relentless march of giant corporations that overwhelm governments and threaten local producers and smaller marketers. Here is a positive ending to this negative tirade – I believe we should voice our dissatisfaction and pause over our cup of organic coffee to think what we can do to help – even if its just to talk about them with our friends, business associates and to consider….By DONALD PAUL on Daily Maverick

The price of food continues to rise and will do so for the next 10 years. The reasons include increased fuel prices, the role of market speculators and a combination of political malfeasance and administrative ineptitude. The result, however, is certain: More people will go to bed hungry every night.

In a panel discussion on land reform the chairman of the parliamentary portfolio committee on rural development and land reform Stone Sizani countered the argument that farming the land should have priority over restitution where the land claimants do not continue farming (or fail), and dismissed the notion that food security was an issue in South Africa.

Sizani’s response highlights the complexity of food security. While his statement is correct—SA does produce enough food—it overlooks the fact that a significant number of individuals go to bed hungry. This is largely due to poverty, unemployment and issues of distribution and accessibility. Continue reading

Eat This: Food Justice Debate – From [Polis]

The issues of urban food security, food equity and rising food prices are a significant part of the current socio-political unrest and activism in North Africa and along with social exclusion are at the root of the poverty debate – these videos from [polis] set out some of the problems

“The topic of food activism is becoming dominant in current debates about spatial justice, equity and urban development in cities throughout the world. The following videos present a recent debate held at the UC Berkeley Campus based on the recent publication of Robert Gottlieb’s Food Justice.

Eric Holt-Giménez discussed the book, “Food Justice” by Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi. Recorded February 8, 2011 at UC-Berkeley.

Continue reading