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Working in food security and agricultural livelihoods - Tshikululu Social Investments workshop 2010


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Presented during Tshikululu's first Serious Social Investing workshop, which took place on 25 and 26 February 2010. Graeme Wilkinson (senior CSI practitioner, Tshikululu Social Investments) discusses working in food security and agricultural livelihoods.

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Working in food security and agricultural livelihoods - Tshikululu Social Investments workshop 2010

  1. 1. The new buzz<br />Working in food security and agricultural livelihoods<br />
  2. 2. Theoretical Model A<br />The Development Chain<br />© 2009 Rob Small<br />AbalimiBezekhaya<br /><br />
  3. 3. The sustainable development chain for organic micro farming projects<br />Greatest number of people move through to other things<br />Least number of people move through<br />Survival phase<br />Subsistence phase<br />Livelihood phase<br />Commercial phase<br />Eat – Selling and saving begin<br />Eat sell save Reinvestment begins<br />Eat sell save reinvest Profit earning begins<br />Sell reinvest profit Job creation begins<br />Social impacts highest at all stages<br />Social impact decrease<br />Greatest number of people benefit and the poverty alleviation movement is most effective<br />Poverty alleviation impact dissipates<br />
  4. 4. Theoretical Model B<br />The Seven Pillars of Farmer Support<br />© 2009 Lynette Parsons<br />LiMA Development<br /><br />
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  6. 6. Framing ‘entrepreneurship’ as a rare personality trait in a general population<br />with thanks to<br />Chris Black<br />Dynamic Business Start-up Project<br /><br />Theoretical Model C<br />
  7. 7. Theoretical Model C<br />Truly entrepreneurial<br />Enterprising<br />The rest of us . . . <br />
  8. 8. Theoretical Model C expanded<br />Commercial<br />Livelihood<br />Subsistence<br />Survivalist<br />
  9. 9. So – what’s not working?<br />What have your experiences been when supporting food-security / agricultural-livelihoods initiatives?<br />
  10. 10. buzz buzzbuzz<br />Working in food security and agricultural livelihoods<br />
  11. 11. Definition<br />Sustainable Development:<br />“Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”<br />Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development , 1987, United Nations (A/42/427)<br />
  12. 12. An Agricultural Revolution?<br />“Today, ending the poverty and hunger of hundreds of millions of Africans requires a clear focus on improving the lives of small-scale farmers . . . ”<br />
  13. 13. “This agricultural revolution must rely on uniquely African solutions to uniquely African problems:<br /><ul><li>solutions that improve the productivity, biodiversity, and nutritional quality of food crops;
  14. 14. that practise sound agro-ecosystem management across dramatically different environments;
  15. 15. that support mixed crop-livestock farming systems;
  16. 16. and that consistently promote equity . . . ”</li></li></ul><li>“It must be pro-poor and pro-environment.”<br />The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (<br />
  17. 17. THANK YOU<br />Graeme WilkinsonTshikululu Social Investments<br />26 February 2010<br />