HONEYBEES ARE ESSENTIAL FOR FOOD AND JOB SECURITY Photo Credit:WWF Any decline in our honeybee populations is a direct threat to food and job security in South Africa’s extensive agricultural crop industry. ‘Over 50 agricultural crops, worth over R10,3 billion per annum to the South African
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SMALL-SCALE ORGANIC ROOIBOS FARMERS BECOME CLIMATE SMART Credit Albert Koopman. ‘The Suid Bokkeveld is where my heart lies, with the farmers who share this beautiful landscape. They are very keen to learn new things and one of the woman farmers told me she will never stop
FARMING WITH BIODIVERSITY Photo Credit:WWF Globally and locally, the threats facing bee populations are increasing as they are largely due to humanity’s impact on the environment. These are namely: habitat loss, climate change and pesticide use. The threat to honeybees means a threat to our agricultural
PORT ST JOHN FISHERS PARTNERING IN NEW CONSERVATION MODEL Many of our fishery resources in South Africa are overexploited or collapsed, and it is critical that we actively protect our oceans and implement systems for sustainable fisheries. Part of the solution is marine protected areas (MPAs).
Economic case for a circular plastics economy in Africa Photo Credit: WWF Sam Hodson Economic case for circular plastics economy in Africa A shift to a circular plastics economy holds significant economic benefits, including job creation and added value to the economy, while also minimising the
TWO RURAL WOMEN DOING GOOD FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES Credit Angus Burns ‘We are rural people who want to do good for other rural people.’ This line bears such consequential sentiment. It was said by soil scientist Sissie Matela of Environmental and Rural Solutions (ERS), a non-profit
PROTECTED AREAS MANAGEMENT WILL HELP SA TO SURVIVE Significant resources are required to conserve South Africa’s landscapes and their associated biodiversity and ecosystem services. These include freshwater, fresh air, carbon sequestration, healthy soil, healthy insect populations for pollination, and healthy grasslands for freshwater conservation and abundant
RETHINKING FOOD SYSTEMS FOR SOUTH AFRICA Rethinking food systems for South Africa needs to start with individual food producers on the ground and expand from there. This is the approach of a project called, ‘Towards recalibrating food systems during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic’, which started
THIRTY FARMERS IN INCHANGA AIM TO SUPPLY VEGETABLES LOCALLY Photo credit Southern Africa Food Lab The average household food basket in South Africa increases by R354.22 or 8.9% (February 2022 statistic) and food prices continue to rise. The food poverty line is now R624.00 per month
SUCCESS STARTS WITH STRENGTHENING GOOD GOVERNANCE Credit WWF ‘You have to start with strengthening good governance. In the absence of addressing this, you can clear a thousand hectares of invasive alien vegetation to free up more water, but if there isn’t a well-managed governance system and