Originally written for the millions of Southern Africa’s small farmers who help themselves by growing their own vegetables or keeping their own chickens and a few goats, this book will also help any small farmer or small-holder in developing countries to help themselves.This book is easy to read and easy to use, with hundreds of helpful illustrations. It includes interviews with small farmers from all over Southern Africa, as well as a new chapter on sustainable agriculture – on keeping the land healthy and fertile so that it can go on producing for the generations to come.
Environmental Development Agency Trust
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New Africa Books
The Environmental and Development Agency (EDA) Trust is a non-governmental organisation with over 20 years of experience in integrated rural development in the communal areas of South Africa. EDA works with rural communities and organisations in the Herschel and Maluti sub-regions of the Eastern Cape, in the southern and central districts of the Northern Province and in the Bronkhorstspruit district in Mpumalanga/Gauteng. EDA is affiliated to a number of rural networks of NGOs and CBOs, and will work to widen the discussions on traditional leaders and institutions into these networks, and to encourage broad participation in the popular formulation of policy at all levels.
EDA is concerned that the roles and functions of traditional leaders remain unclarified six years after the first democratic elections. Practical experience demonstrates that this is a stumbling block in the way of rural development in communal areas. We welcome the Department of Provincial and Local Government’s decision to proceed with a legislative process in this regard. We count on it leading to clear policy and legislation which serves to resolve the impasse and allow for co-ordinated and effective development interventions in the rural areas. We also welcome this opportunity to present our initial ideas to the Portfolio Committee for consideration.
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