WATER AND THE ECONOMY OF THE GARDEN ROUTE Photo Credit: Garden Route Biosphere Reserve There is a window of opportunity to protect strategic water source areas (SWSAs) and to grow the economy of the Garden Route. This is part of what should be a prioritised national
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AGRI-FOOD SYSTEMS: FACTS AND FUTURES HOW SOUTH AFRICA CAN PRODUCE 50% MORE BY 2050 Credit Mahlatini Development Foundation. THE CURRENT STATE The food system, while highly productive, has done more damage to our natural environment than any other human enterprise. Of all activities on Earth, the
MAHLATINI DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION Credit Mahlatini Development Foundation. Agri-food Systems: Facts and Futures Report Over the past two years the WWF Nedbank Green Trust has funded KwaZulu-Natal-based NGO, Mahlatini Development Foundation’s, project focussing on smallholder farmers in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape to co-develop climate-resilient agriculture for
WORKING WITH SMALLHOLDER FARMERS IN 40 VILLAGES Credit Mahlatini Development Foundation. With a Master’s degree in plant virology, Erna Kruger, founder of the KwaZulu-Natal-based NGO, Mahlatini Development Foundation, has devoted her career to advancing small-scale farming and environmental conservation in rural areas. ‘I started the foundation
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
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