Hands-on Learning Issue 26

Through the newly rebranded edition of our Hands-on Learning publication developed in June 2023, we hope to play a helpful role in synthesising information from innovators and implementers in civil society, supporting them to share what they have learnt so that others can draw from and build on their experiences.

Why we need to support young people in agriculture

If one considers that food should not only meet a person’s caloric requirements but also support their nutritional status, there is an obvious link between agriculture and nutrition. Considering the role of agriculture in our food system, this learning brief explores how young people can participate in the sector and how this could influence environmentally friendly farming practices, as well as access to nutrition for poorer families and access to new consumer markets.

To read this learning brief, download a PDF here or read it magazine-style on ISSUU here.

Putting enough food on the table: Sustainable steps to address South Africa’s hunger crisis

South Africa is experiencing a severe food crisis, both in terms of affordability and availability. Loadshedding (planned electricity cuts due to power supply constraints) and disruptions to supply chain systems affect food imports and exports, and therefore, the availability of food and how much it ultimately costs.

Supply chain disruptions can result from war, geo-political conflicts, political interventions and pandemics. For instance, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022 triggered a global food shortage because it threatened grain exports to the rest of the world. When food prices soar because of supply shortages or inflation, the world’s poor suffer the most. In South Africa, one-third of the country’s children are excluded from adequate nutrition.

To read this learning brief, download a PDF here or read it magazine-style on ISSUU here.

Rethinking rubbish: Initiatives for waste management and reduction in South Africa

South Africa’s waste problem is a threat to environmental, human and social well-being. Overflowing landfills are polluting our air and water, damaging our ecosystems, and making us sick. The legacy of apartheid means that people living in informal settlements, usually on the outskirts of cities, have both the highest exposure to dumpsites and the poorest access to waste removal services. However, if we reframe the way we look at waste, it can become a source of value that we can reinvest in our shared thriving.

To read this learning brief, download a PDF here or read it magazine-style on ISSUU here.

Read the complete issue below magazine-style on ISSUU – choose full-screen mode [ ] for a better reading experience. Download the complete Hands-on Learning publication (Issue 26) as a PDF.



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