STIMULATE AND SUPPORT STRUGGLES FOR AGRARIAN TRANSFORMATION

In the struggle for agrarian transformation, SPP envisions secure access and tenure, ownership and control over productive land, water and natural resources for land based agrarian livelihoods. It should address the social (power relations); political (landlessness) and economic (poverty) dimensions.

 

As a fundamental part of the work for agrarian transformation, SPP is engaged in increasing the access to new or additional productive land for emerging farmers, farm workers and farm dwellers. SPP is further engaged in making public institutions provide necessary services demanded by emerging farmers, farm workers and farm dwellers.

 

Emerging farmers are supported to get access to land through different government land mechanisms, but the struggle for agrarian transformation is also carried out by bringing stakeholders in communities together, by pro-actively engaging land-owners, and by consultations and planning with people to influence the municipal planning and budgeting processes around agrarian reform.

 

At the Ithemba informal farming area in Eersteriver in the Western Cape of South Africa, small food gardens, livestock projects with chickens, pigs and goats bear testimony to the “Women Organising for Social Justice” project more than a year after its conclusion. Project participants at the Ithemba farm tell stories of how they have steadily grown their food gardens, learned how to take care of their animals and turn their skills into fundraising activities. In 2015, the Surplus People Project received USD 30,000 from AWDF to implement a year-long project entitled, “Women Organising for Social Justice”. The project increased women’s knowledge, skills and experience on environmental justice, food sovereignty and economic empowerment.

“We as youth face a lot of challenges and unemployment is the biggest one”

Chaldene Eland from Citrusdal