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24 Apr 13 06:54

Christina Kaba, manager at Abalimi Farming in South Africa, talks with great passion about the immediate good that comes from farming.

Abalimi (meaning ‘the planters’ in Xhosa) is a voluntary organisation which assists and initiates in the creation of permanent organic foodgrowing and nature-conservation projects. These are the basis for sustainable lifestyles, self-help job creation, poverty alleviation and environmental renewal in townships on the Cape Flats near Cape Town. For more information, visit http://www.abalimi.org.za and http://www.harvestofhope.co.za

Click here for another clip with the passionate Christian Kaba, often simply called Mama Kaba by the residents of Cape Town's townships. http://www.greenrenaissance.co.za/2010/11/01/abalimi-bezekhaya-first-nedbank-green-trust-short-film


Category: Food security: Farming

Location: Cape Flats, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa


1 Comment

Gavin Montgomery - 26 Apr 2013, 3:49 p.m.

Traditional, small scale farms, even (or especially) if managed organically, are inevitably going to be less efficient than large scale commercial farms. The economies of scale are simply enormous. Bigger commercial farms are increasingly mechanized, requiring fewer workers, but are obviously far more efficient in terms of energy use, deliver higher yields (so, ironically, require less land area for production), and are far more capable of investing in environmental technologies. Sponsorship and support for smaller farms and traditional land holding would, therefore, seem to be massively irresponsible. The long-term economic outlook for smaller farms is poor and the investment would surely bind more people to the land than it can reasonably employ. Southern Africa is currently going through a period of rapid urbanization, so diverting resources to support an economically unsound traditional form of food production when there is a crying need for investment in urban job creation and entrepreneurship seems irresponsible and short sighted.


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