South Africa: Team effort in the Eastern Cape
[caption id="attachment_16465" align="alignleft" width="300"] Global health students worked with local residents to establish a vegetable garden.[/caption]
In the fertile, rolling hills of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, it’s hard to imagine a food shortage. But hunger is a serious threat there, especially for children. The area also has high levels of poverty and HIV infection.
Researchers at the CALS-based Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) are teaming with local groups to try to improve those conditions. Together they have formed the Livelihood, Agroecology, Nutrition and Development project— LAND for short—to address the region’s complex, interrelated problems.
“Using a participatory approach, we have built strong ties with local villagers and their co-op, the Ncedisizwe Co-op, which means ‘helping the nation,’” says CIAS director Michael Bell, a professor of community and environmental sociology. The Ncedisizwe Co-op encompasses 800 smallholder farmers in 26 villages.
Other local partners include the Indwe Trust, an NGO focusing on sustainable development, and Kidlinks World, a Madison-based charity dedicated to AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children.
The group’s goals are to provide sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers and their communities; to integrate ...
Monday, September 22nd, 2014