SA's food opportunity

2008-05-06 00:00

The extraordinary rise in food prices offers an opportunity for South Africa to determinedly focus on getting a large number of impoverished people to grow their own food or to at least feed themselves.

The same neglect of small black farmers has also meant that millions who could have at least fed themselves now go hungry, be-cause they do not have access to land, micro-finance and training. SMMEs and small farmers do not have access to influence in the ANC. South Korea, one of the most successful of the East Asian tigers, started off at the end of World War 2, like South Africa, as a country where land distribution was one of the most unequal in the world. Then 80% of the rural population was landless and three percent of those living in the countryside controlled 60% of the land. Yet, the efficient redistribution of land saw almost half of the land equitably redistributed over a period of only two years (between 1948 and 1950). Off course, land redistribution should not mean giving land to those connected to the leadership of the ANC.

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