South Africa’s National Food Security Policy

South African Farming

The government of South Africa has developed a new national food security policy, according to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson.  Under this policy, agricultural land in the country that is seemingly unexploited will be used to make new markets for smaller-scale producers.  This food production “intervention” has been named by the government “Fetsa Tlala,” meaning “end hunger.”

Fetsa Tlala has accomplished much already, with Joemat-Pettersson explaining how 200,000 hectares of land have already been bought to fuel the project in seven provinces of South Africa.  The primary goal of the intervention is to make sure that land that has not been producing food becomes more viable, thus creating a new outflow of agricultural production.  Doing so will boost the economy greatly, because not only will workers be needed for the farms, but smaller enterprises in the agriculture industries will be needed for packaging the products and other post-production needs.

Such a project is a great initiative of the South African government.  It will stimulate local economies where the farms reside, and will ensure the employment of many more people.  Fetsa Tlala will create new markets for small-scale farmers who have not previously had access to a larger group of people to sell their goods to.  Fetsa Tlala may become an extremely important step towards solving many of the hunger problems that exist in South Africa, and will stimulate the income of many South Africans.

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