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Permaculture Eco Garden Tour Presented By John Nzira

Permaculture Eco Garden Tour Presented By John Nzira

SATURDAY 3 MAY 2014, 9h00-11h00, Cost R150 including herbal teas

This inspiring 2-hour eco garden tour introduces you to the essence of permaculture, an all-encompassing ecological system, focusing on:

Land layout & design, plant nursery, vegetable & crop production, fruit, herbs and medicinal plants, companion planting, compost & earth worm farming, rain water harvesting, grey water treatment, black water management, integrated pest diseases and weed management systems, aquaculture(fish), apiculture(bees), integrated livestock system, seed bank,  buffer zones.

In the words of John Nzira:

“Permaculture is a tool for living better, healthier and cheaper lives, in urban and rural areas.

The word is derived from Permanent agriculture or Permanent culture. It’s about UBUNTU – sharing with others and taking care of ourselves and the environment. It is about agro-ecology, agro-diversity, water and soil conservation, in urban and rural areas, at household and around your community, planting trees & plants for greening the environment and the ongoing production of food. It is about your rights, your RIGHT to produce food of your choice at the right time. It’s a way of creating JOBS and reducing HUNGER and POVERTY in our urban areas and rural communities.”

COST: R150.00 per person, including herbal teas

VENUE: 50 Pretorius Road, President Park, Midrand, Gauteng, RSA

Bring along: note book, pen, sun hat and comfortable shoes. Dress: comfortable, casual.

BOOKING IS ESSENTAIL: Contact Engela J v Rensburg on engela50@gmail.com or 083-445-2072 to reserve your place

Payments to Urban Farming Projects cc, FNB, Account 62309820737, Branch 250856, Reference: your name

Senior facilitator, John Nzira, founded Ukuvuna Urban Farming projects in 2005. He studied agro-ecology and permaculture, environmental education and community development. With more than two decades of experience working for government and NGOs in Africa, John is one of the permaculture pioneers in Africa. He received international sponsorship for training in Environmental Education and Ecological Agriculture in USA, Canada and Israel and received national and international awards:

  • SANPARKS Kudu award for Community contribution to conservation 2011, awarded in Nov 2012
  • MTK Award Department of Agriculture Gauteng, Water and Environment Project, First prize 2011
  • MTK Award Department of Agriculture Gauteng, Ambassador for Community Projects, First prize 2011
  • Post Bank Community Sector: Climate Change Leadership Award First prize 2010
  • MTK Award Department of Agriculture Gauteng First prize 2009
  • Landcare Nation Champion category first prize 2009
  • MTK Award Department of Agriculture Gauteng first prize 2007
  • Silver Gilt medal Chelsea Flower Show – UK Royal Horticultural Society 2006
  • DEAT Conserva individual award 1996
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Southern Africa: Food Insecurity – Southern Africa’s Silent Crisis

The AU has declared 2014 to be the ‘Year of Agriculture and Food Security.’ Alas, food insecurity is not a new phenomenon in southern Africa; it is a chronic problem.

In 2012, United Nations (UN) Deputy Humanitarian Chief Catherine Bragg reported that southern Africa is facing ‘a silent food insecurity emergency.’

A year later, the 2013 SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment reported that an estimated 14 million people out of a total population of 277 million are food insecure, which represented an increase of 16% from 12 million in 2012.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is largely seen as peaceful, developing and relatively democratic, but the undeniable reality is that southern Africa is unable to uphold and protect one of the most basic human rights; the right to food. This failure also undermines human security and development in the region.

Despite numerous interventions, this year will again see millions of SADC citizens remaining vulnerable to hunger.

The food crisis in southern Africa also slows down progress in attaining the UN’s Millennium Developmental Goals (MDGs), such as halving the number of hungry people, achieving universal primary education, reducing child mortality rates, improving maternal health and ensuring environmental sustainability before 2015. The MDG report of 2013 highlights the correlation between hunger and poverty.

“This year will again see millions of SADC citizens remaining vulnerable to hunger”

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recognises five southern African countries with food security challenges, namely Angola, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe. In countries such as Namibia, governments are trying to adopt drastic measures to address food insecurity.

In May last year, Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared a state of emergency in the country following insufficient rainfall for agricultural production. By July 2013, 780 000 people in the country, out of a total population of 2.1 million, were food insecure.

In Zimbabwe, low incomes and high cereal prices have severely limited people’s access to food, especially in the southern provinces.

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