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Tshwane Hunger Summit Co T Agric

  1. 1. CITY OF TSHWANE IN THE QUEST TO ERADICATE HUNGER Presented by: Dr Ntsikane Maine Director: Agricultural Development Programmes 15 JULY 2009
  2. 2. BACKGROUND • Tshwane is facing challenges of poverty, hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity as do many other cities. • The problem is exacerbated by the food shortage & the current economic crisis. • The focus of the food summit held in 2008 was on understanding the root causes, the extend of the problem and developing short and long term solutions to the food problem. • Resolution 2 of the Provincial summit stated that civil society should adopt the concept of homestead food gardens to ensure that every little space available is used for food production.
  3. 3. AGRICULTURE & FOOD SECURITY • Urbanization in South Africa pressurises cities to develop opportunities to enhance social and financial footings of their citizenry. • Food security is regarded as a priority in the City of Tshwane’s development agenda. • Even though agriculture contributes relatively little to the country’s GDP, it plays a significant role in local economies. • Agriculture is the potential solution to address food insecurity, fight hunger and create jobs in urban and peri-urban areas.
  4. 4. TSHWANE POVERTY IN BRIEF • Even though Tshwane ranks highly in terms of human development, majority of households still fall within the lower income groups. • Poverty levels in the City of Tshwane have been increasing: – Households with no income as a percentage of all households increased from 6.7% in 1996 to 15.3% in 2002. – The unemployment rate increased from 24.2% to 31.9% over the same period, with a major increase (49.0% to 53.2%) among the youth of 20-24 years. • The recent household survey conducted by StatsSA indicate that about 213 000 household in the City of Tshwane live under poverty.
  5. 5. TSHWANE AGRICULTURE • One of the City’s Strategic Objectives is to fight poverty, build clean, healthy, safe and sustainable communities. • The Agriculture Division supports this CSO through its poverty alleviation programme. • The mandate of the division is enshrined in Chapter 2, Section 27(1)(b) of the constitution, which guarantees the right of every citizen to have sufficient food and water. • The Mission of Agriculture Division is to ensure equitable agricultural development in partnership with stakeholders through innovative use of technologies.
  6. 6. POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES • Revitalization of urban agricultural projects • Sustainable agricultural villages • Training and Capacity Building • Water harvesting • Agricultural Production Packages • Mechanization scheme • Agricultural Research and Technology transfer • Agro-processing • Agricultural Information Management System • Institutional Capacity and Cooperation • Agricultural Policies, Strategies and By-Laws
  7. 7. POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAMME Establishment of food gardens • Homestead • Community • Schools • Clinics • Early childhood development Centres Supporting emerging Farmers • Capacity-building • Production inputs Establishing agri-villages • Capacity building • Job opportunities • Affordable food
  8. 8. THANK YOU.