Lima plants the seeds of security

first_imgJust under 20% of the South Africa’s households are directly involved in and dependent on the agriculture sector according to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). (Images: Lima)A slowing economy coupled with rising unemployment figures means many people have little choice but to grow some of their own food to ensure food security for their families. Thousands of vulnerable households across the country have benefitted from food security projects through Lima Rural Development Foundation.The foundation, a non-government organisation (NGO) established in 1989, is one of the organisations leading the charge to use agriculture to empower South Africa’s rural communities.The development of the communities the organisation worked with was “central to Lima’s focus”, explained Duncan Stewart, its managing director. He was speaking at the organisation’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2014. “Our donors and clients have been relentless in their support of our initiatives. Lima presently has 78 active projects that are being funded by our generous supporters.”It has implemented and is running rural development projects in all nine of South Africa’s provinces to ensure its services reach as many rural and urban communities as possible. It works through partnerships with several private and government entities such as the Department of Human Settlements and Mondi, the packaging and paper company.LIMA’S IMPACT ON RURAL COMMUNITIESAs part of Lima’s efforts over the years to alleviate poverty in South Africa’s rural communities, the NGO has established numerous training and economic development programmes in areas where it has identified the need.A large portion of its efforts has gone to aiding the transformation of the agricultural sector and raising the level of black economic empowerment, with marked efforts to empower women in particular.Among Lima’s many projects are its food security programmes, which help combat poverty and malnutrition in rural areas where food insecurity levels are highest. Given rising levels of HIV and Aids coupled with increasing unemployment, people are given little choice but to grow their own food as prices escalate and opportunities to earn an income dwindle.The foundation helps in this regard to increase food production in selected households by providing nutrition education, technical support and infrastructural development.Its projects cover a wide variety of subjects, such as developing community and school gardens for fresh produce, proper fencing and best practices to reduce costs such as irrigation systems that involve harvesting rain water, pest control and effective composting.Services go on to include disease control, establishing Aids support groups, clubs for the elderly, community-based care givers, homes for orphaned children as well as supporting and developing schools.RURAL LIVELIHOODSUSTAINABLE RURAL COMMUNITIESAccording to the foundation’s website, more than 5 000 vulnerable households across the country have benefited from Lima’s food security projects alone, with thousands more benefitting from other projects such as its engineering or housing projects.“The warmth and love that we receive from rural communities every day is what keeps us sane and motivated,” Stewart said in concluding the foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration. “The dreams and visions of the communities define our future agenda and from them we take our lead.”For more information about the activities of the Lima Rural Development Foundation, visit its website or get in touch via its contact us page.last_img read more

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FIVB World Tour Boracay Open to test mettle of SEA Games aspirants

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:54BCDA bares plan to pilot driverless vehicles in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments This will be the second time that the Philippines will host a one-star FIVB beach volleyball tournament after it held the Manila Open at SM Sands by the Bay in May 2018.A total of 20 pairs from the Philippines, Lithuania, Singapore, Australia, Malayasia, Slovenia, Israel, Thailand, Japan and Russia will compete in the women’s division while there will be 28 men’s teams.The three Filipino men’s teams will compete against pairs from Sweden, Frane, Australia, Japan, Oman, Austria, Malaysia, Russia, the Ukraine, Thailand, Singapore, Norway, and Chinese-Taipei.“This is a very good chance for our local players to really develop their level of play through the international arena because they are not just competing against Southeast Asian teams but they are also going to compete against global teams,” said Soriano.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The potential Philippine representatives in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games are about to face premier competition in the next few days.Beach Volleyball Republic co-founder Charo Soriano said that the players who will play in the FIVB World Tour Boracay Open are also the ones who will represent the Philippines in the biennial regional games.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The Philippines will field three men’s teams and five women’s pairs, led by the duo of Cherry Rondina and Bernadeth Pons, in the one-star tournament on May 23 to 26 at White House Beach Resort in Station 1 and will compete against groups from across Europe, Asia, and Australia.“This is for the Southeast Asian Games also and hopefully with the program, and everyone involved, we can create a long term development plan for beach volleyball,” said Soriano during the tournament’s press conference Sunday at The City Club.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The [Philippine players] are already training since last year after the Manila Open and they’ve been playing not just in the BVR but also in the PSL (Philippine Super Liga).”Soriano said that BVR had communicated with the country’s volleyball national sporting association Larong Volleybal ng Pilipinas, Inc., for the coaches in the SEA Games. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ray Parks on PBA debut: Blackwater win ‘most important thing’ last_img read more

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