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Making the market work for nature

How biocredits can protect biodiversity and reduce poverty
Tackling biodiversity loss is a growing priority for human survival. Introducing incentives for positive actions could play a key role in helping to reverse this loss. This paper explores the potential of using a novel approach to promote biodiversity conservation. Biodiversity credits or ‘biocredits’ are coherent units of measurement that track...
Costa Rica - Germany - Malaysia - Namibia - South Africa - United States of America
2020 - International Institute for Environment and Development

Report
Policy recommendations based on lessons learned from eleven African countries

Measures that empower young agri-entrepreneurs should be a key component of a sustainable development-centred investment promotion strategy. The very realization of future generations’ food security, the sustainable transformation of food systems and the combat against unemployment and distress migration all depend upon the successful implementation of strategies that make the...
Côte d'Ivoire - Guinea - Malawi - Mali - Mauritania - Mozambique - Namibia - Senegal - South Africa - Tunisia - Uganda
2020 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference proceedings
Advancing agroecology and farmer managed seed systems in Limpopo

At a dialogue on farmer-managed seed systems and agroecology, held in Acornhoek, Limpopo on 20-22 January 2020, farmers and support organisations made clear that they want to see more government and policy support for agroecology and farmer-managed seed systems, that they will work together to engage government in this direction,...
South Africa
2020 - African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

Video
Uncle Wiz Farm: organic indigenous produce

Uncle Wiz is a shining example of a thriving smallscale farming and food distribution business that not only farms without chemicals but also focuses on and promotes indigenous food crops. Owners Wisdom and Mpumi Edward live in south Johannesburg and farm on land in Vanderbijlpark. Not only do they grow...
South Africa
2020 - African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

Report
Empowering youth to engage in responsible investment in agriculture and food systems

Engaging young women and men in an agricultural sector characterized by an ageing labour force is crucial to ensure sustainable food security, reduce youth unemployment and combat unplanned migration. By harnessing their innovative potential, utilizing new technologies and techniques and taking advantage of new opportunities in emerging value chains, young...
Côte d'Ivoire - Malawi - Mozambique - Namibia - South Africa - Uganda
2019 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Miscellanea
Parliamentarians call for more action on food security and nutrition

FAO puts in practice a multisectoral approach to achieve zero hunger
The Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (PAPA-FSN) training facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) brought experts from FAO to promote a multisectoral approach to enhance the work of parliamentarians towards fostering an enabling environment to eliminate hunger. The training took place...
South Africa
2019 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Video
Politics of Seed in South Africa

“Seeds are the basis of life. Human life, your life, is dependent on plants. The qualities of the seed go beyond beauty to sustaining us nutritionally and medicinally. Seed is the foundation of human diets across the world.” The National Seed Dialogue and Celebration honoured the role of smallholder farmers in...
South Africa
2018 - African Centre for Biodiversity

Video
Spiritual and Cultural Value of Seed

The seed, like the big bang, or evolution, or the atom … bears the mystifying tale of a beginning. We fill our bellies on the seed, heal our wounds, build our homes. Upon sight, or smell, or taste, perhaps we let our minds drift to the smallscale farmer who prepares...
South Africa
2018 - African Centre for Biodiversity

E-learning
Participatory Plant Breeding and Smallholder Farmers

Participatory Plant Breeding and Smallholder Farmers video – the third in a series of six videos from ACB’s National Seed Dialogue and Celebration At the National Seed Dialogue and Celebration, hosted by the African Centre for Biodiversity at Constitution Hill in December 2017, this session on Participatory Plant Breeding and...
South Africa
2018 - African Centre for Biodiversity

Video
Resisting Corporate Seed Laws in South Africa

Resisting Corporate Seed Laws in South Africa - the fourth in a series of six videos covering discussions from the ACB hosted event, National Seed Dialogue and Celebration On 22nd May 2018, South Africa’s draconian corporate seed Bills were approved by the Parliamentary Select Committee, after a lengthy review process....
South Africa
2018 - African Centre for Biodiversity

Video
Value of Household and Community Seed Banks

Video: Value of Household and Community Seed Banks – the fifth video release in a series of six videos from the ACB Availability of and access to diverse, quality seed is a key element in successful crop production. Commercial seed systems focus only on seeds where profits can be made. Over...
South Africa
2018 - African Centre for Biodiversity

Video
Smallholder farmer autonomy over seed production

Smallholder Farmer Autonomy Over Seed Production – the final release in a series of six videos from the ACB hosted event, National Seed Dialogue and Celebration, held in December 2017 at Constitution Hill. Smallholder farmers feed the world, providing up to 70% of food consumed globally. The seed is...
South Africa
2018 - African Centre for Biodiversity

Video
Why farmers find FISP (Farm input Subsidy Programmes) problematic

In August 2018, The Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) and the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) hosted a speak-out with SADC smallholder farmers in Windhoek, Namibia (SOUTHERN AFRICA) on Farm Input Subsidy Programmes (FISPs). FISPs are government agricultural programmes to promote the use of Green Revolution inputs (hybrid seed, synthetic fertilizer...
South Africa
2018 - African Centre for Biodiversity

Video
Alternatives to FISP - Farm Input Subsidy Programmes - in Africa

In August 2018, the Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) and the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) hosted a speak-out for SADC smallholder farmers in Windhoek, Namibia, on Farm Input Subsidy Programmes (FISPs). FISPs are government agricultural programmes that promote the use of Green Revolution inputs produced by multinational corporations. These...
South Africa
2018 - African Centre for Biodiversity

Video
Agroecology as an alternative (Video four of a four-part series on FISPs)

In August 2018, the Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) and the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) hosted a speak-out for SADC smallholder farmers in Windhoek, Namibia, on Farm Input Subsidy Programmes (FISPs). FISPs are government agricultural programmes that promote Green Revolution inputs produced by multinational corporations, such as chemical fertilizers. In...
South Africa
2018 - African Centre for Biodiversity

Blog article
Farmer2Market puts technology in hands of South African farmers

The European Union, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs, together with Solidaridad, LIMA Development Foundation and ICCO are proud to announce the launch of the SWITCH Africa Green, Farmer2Market programme. At the centre of the SWITCH Africa Green, Farmer2Market programme is the ambition to unlock access to market...
South Africa
2018 - Solidaridad

Report
Against the odds, smallholder farmers maintain agricultural biodiversity in South Africa

This report is a result of research conducted in partnership with Tshintsha Amakhaya, Farmer Support Group, TCOE Zingisa and Surplus People Project. The report investigates the state of farmer-managed seed systems in rural South Africa. Through 3 case studies in Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, the report highlights both...
South Africa
2017 - African Centre for Biodiversity

Report
Ending poverty and hunger by investment in agriculture and rural areas

While there has been an unprecedented achievement in poverty reduction in the last three decades, eradicating extreme poverty and halving poverty by 2030 are still two of our greatest challenges. Today, about 767 million people continue to live in extreme poverty. Roughly, two thirds of the extreme poor live in...
Bangladesh - Chad - Ghana - Guatemala - Malawi - Mali - South Africa - Tajikistan - United Republic of Tanzania - Viet Nam
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
Transboundary threats to food and nutrition security in Southern Africa. Issue 1. April- June 2017

The Bulletin highlights outbreaks of transboundary pests and diseases that have the potential to impact food and nutrition security in Southern Africa. It also captures recently concluded and upcoming events that are being organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and stakeholders to improve the capacities...
Angola - Botswana - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Malawi - Mauritius - Mozambique - Namibia - Seychelles - South Africa - Eswatini - United Republic of Tanzania - Zambia - Zimbabwe
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Policy brief/paper
Examining livelihoods and reconsidering rural development in the former homelands of South Africa

Persistent poverty and under-development in South Africa’s former homeland communal areas have been little changed by post-apartheid ‘rural development’ policy. Rural development policy has often been characterised by impulses towards topdown planning, a default assumption that agriculture ought to drive rural development, a reliance on resource-intensive income generation projects, and...
South Africa
2017 - Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)
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