The impact of government agricultural and rural development policy on small-holder farmers in KwaZulu-Natal

Invitation to seminar: The impact of government agricultural and rural development policy on small-holder farmers in KwaZulu-Natal

20 March 2018, UKZN Howard College Campus, Durban

With Parliament’s recent resolution supporting President Ramaphosa’s SONA undertaking to expropriate land without compensation the issues of land and agriculture are national hot topics. The President linked accelerated land redistribution to the need to bring more producers into the agricultural sector and to make more land available for cultivation as a means to significantly grow the economy and create jobs. But how is this growth envisioned to improve the lives of the rural poor and prevent food and nutrition insecurity?

It is within this context that Biowatch SA is pleased to share a new research paper: “Policy Impacts: The impact of government agricultural and rural development policy on small-holder farmers in KwaZulu-Natal”. In this paper Harald Witt explores the agricultural and rural development policies of the Zuma presidency, and how these have been interpreted in the support provided to small-holder farmers in KwaZulu-Natal. In particular, the paper examines the efficacy of the extension service and the distribution of genetically modified seed as part of this support. We hope this reflection contributes to discourse on the agricultural model, and thus the policies that will be developed to foster change in the agricultural sector.

Biowatch SA and the UKZN School of Built Environment and Development Studies invite you to a seminar to present the Biowatch Research Paper and explore these issues.

Date:
20 March 2018

Time:
12h30 to 14h00

Address:
Seminar Room 808, Level 8
School of Built Environment and Development Studies
Shepstone Building
Howard College Campus
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Mazisi Kunene Avenue
Durban

For more information, please contact Vanessa Black on 082 472 8844 or 031 206 2954.