Hello dear GlobalGiving Friends- please see the story in the link attached. The Story of a Beetroot :)
How many of you know exactly where your food comes from- how it is grown, how nature is treated, how labour is treated, who grows it and what they think about their work?
Labels have replaced knowledge and delinked us from nature and food. And each other.
Many people find it no problem to sit in a comfy chair and eat their burgers grown from factory farms where animals suffer and watch while other people in the world fight, starve or die.
You are clearly not thosekind of people.
Thank you for trying to make a differenceby helping us.
As a result we can and domake a difference.
May your Christmas be joyful and your 2015 be peaceful
Greetings dear GlobalGiving Friends
Todd A. Somodevilla & Marysia Makowska ,USA moviemakers, came to CapeTown and made an award winning movie about our work! Their website is http://www.abalimifilm.com
See the movie via the link below!
As you may already know, we are not a "begin-end" project.
We are an intergenerational programme, a permanent golden thread weaving among unemployed people in their thousands, who can thereby find their way to become food secure at home and to create cash secure micro-farming enterprises that last.
This is enabled to happen because people like you help us to make it happen.
There would be no hunger in the world if more people created family micro-farms. There would be no need for unemployment if those with money chose to buy their food from family micro-farmers. Family micro-farming is cost effective and sustainable. 100m2 can feed a family of four or five year round with all the fresh veg they need. 500m2 can generate an income of up to ZAR 3000.00 (about USD270) per month with relative ease and feed a family of four or five. ZAR 3000 does not sound like a lot to those of us who are used to middle classlives. But its significant for the 50% of the world's population who are excluded from the first world economy.
Thank you,as ever, one and all for your ongoing interest and amazing support.......
Hello once again dear Global Giving Friends, one and all!
Do you know about the International year of Family Farming 2014 - IYFF ? ** See the link below** . Here in SA we are finally launching a national inititiative to promote Family Farming and Abalimi-Harvest of Hope is of course a shining jewel in the IYFF-South Africa crown.
We are very late to launch the national IYFF initiative since we are - as a national movement - generally underfunded, widely dispersed and terribly busy in our own programmes. But there are many wonderful "jewel projects" all over SA besides Abalimi-Harvest of Hope, as well! I will report on these later once we have a platform up and running to promote them.
Back to Abalimi-Harvest of Hope. Its all go go go- you must please understand that real development is intergenerational- we are working with the extremely marginalised majority- the 50% of our population who are under-educated and cannot ever hope to get "jobs" in the formal market place. These are people who our government is afraid of. For they are now getting more restive and if in the next five years the government does not fulfill its many promises as laid out in our constitution and on election platforms, we have a100% sure-fire recipe for violent revolution- a kind of South African Spring, like the Arab Spring.
But this wont happen- why? Because the peaceful Family Farming revolution is growing under the noses of the politicians and mega-business, who mostly dont take it seriously at all- except as a small side bet. *** see my article below *** This Family Farming revolution will transform our country into a peaceful, well fed nation with abundant income. THIS IS CERTAIN. It cannot be stopped. And it will "save the butts" of the politicians and mega-business leaders and,of course, protect our wonderful hard working middle classes, who are the very people who are our infinitely expandable and newly awakening ethical customer base, who are more and more demanding to be fed un-poisoned local produce that protects nature and creates jobs at the same time ! :) .
This peaceful revolution (involving producers and consumers) is actually worldwide and needs VERY LITTLE money- as we have proved and continue to prove - to get started and succeed.
Viva Family Farming vivaaaa!
Dear Global Giving Friends,
we are having wonderful exposure and your heartfelt and generous support keeps streaming in! Thank you!
On Tuesdays (tour day) people turn up every week (we dont advertise, its all word of mouth and social networking) from all over Cape Town and all over the world to see our work - researchers, journalists, academics, our Harvest of Hope Box members, other family farming groups who want inspiration and who may wish to replicate our model, long time and also new Friends of Abalimi and many more.
They all go away inspired - and tired. Its a fact finding tour and there is so much to see and hear that we cant afford to stop and relax and chill until after the job is done. Its like how Abalimi works. We do indeed celebrate and party, but after we have done what we came to do.
And every moment and every cent counts.
Please do take time to come on the tour (virtually- see attachment & link) and see some of the recent articles and vids that have recently been done by Tuesday tour visitors below ! :) There are more, but I dont want to overload this report.
Of course, when in Cape Town please remember- if its Abalimi you want to see, it must be Tuesday. This is the day we harvest and pack for market. All other days are focused on farmer support and development.
WARNING: The Prime TV vid link below will be archived in the next months. But its a classic and we will be getting a copy for posterity
All the very best
Rob P.S. we are not a begin-end project. We are a family micro-farming movement, among the
unemployed, in the low income suburbs, in genesis
Hello dear Global Giving Friends
its almost election time here in SA and a big question is - can we feed our nation of over 40 million?
This question may surprise you, since South Africa is among the most developed countries in Africa.
Yet we have beggars on every street corner and knocking on our doors, constantly crying out for help. We boast one of the highest unemployment rates in the world - around 30% nationally. Wherever you look there are men and women walking the streets looking for work, often with their children in tow. Or tens of thousands of men countrywide on street corners waiting all day in hope of being selected as laborors. Its an image of the Great Depression.
But if you delete the un-employed millions from your mind, you can easily convince yourself that South Africa, with its hard working middle class of nearly 9 million , along with the millions of tourists and business visitors, driving in their rivers of gleaming new cars on all the modern highways and byways, were the only reality.
Food security is now a national and international talking point, along with unemployment and housing for the "poor majority" .
And ABALIMI's inspirational model for a viable alternative way to feed and employ our nation is gaining ground.
In fact, our model has relevance Africa-wide, as a possible way to feed the burgeoning urban populations, as the exodus from rural areas massively increases due to the modern commercial economy decimating old rural lifestyles.
Please read the article from Lead SA (link below) to see how the idea is catching on :)
And it is with your help and loyal support that we are able to develop and improve this inspirational model.
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