Government Must Roll Up Its Sleeves and Ensure Household Food Security

Cape Times (South Africa), November 30, 2010 | Go to article overview

Government Must Roll Up Its Sleeves and Ensure Household Food Security


BYLINE: Attwell Nazo and |Katishi Masemola

It's time for the state to intervene to ensure household food security - the ability of families to access food at affordable prices - through active participation in production and distribution, as well as through policy measures that defend the nation's food security and sovereignty.

At the centre of enhancing national food security - our ability to produce enough to feed our citizens - should be the drive to reverse this country's status from a net food importer back to a net food exporter.

Ninety percent of food consumed is purchased and 10 percent is produced, either by co-operative farming or by subsistence farming, for own consumption.

Therefore, a big section of society depends on retail-supplied food to feed themselves.

Availability of food supplies depends on sustained production and/or processing by private sector players in the food production/processing stage of the value chain.

Food accessibility relies on distribution channels to ensure that food supplies are able to reach retail centres in communities, both urban and rural.

What then becomes critical to communities, particularly households, is the ability to purchase food, particularly staple food products, at reasonable prices.

The government's Industrial Policy Action Plans 2 does prioritise agro-processing as one of the sectors with potential to create more jobs and to meet the basic need of food security for South Africans.

However, this should be supported by trade policy measures such as tariff protection against highly subsidised food imports.

There is a need to fast-track the land reform and agricultural transformation programmes in order to create and support co-operative, subsistence, and small-scale farming and agro-processing enterprises across product lines, from livestock and crops to verticulture and horticulture.

At the heart of the successful growth of small players will be infrastructure, from roads and rail infrastructure to a public transport system, and from electricity and water supply to telecommunications facilities.

And this infrastructure support should be supplemented with other services support. At the primary agricultural level, our country needs to give focused support services to subsistence, co-operative and small-scale farmers on a range of needs.

This stretches from extension services and research and development needs to affordable supplies of seeds and fertilisers. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Government Must Roll Up Its Sleeves and Ensure Household Food Security
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.