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South Africa: Rural Development and Land Reform On International Day of Rural Women

Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini has paid tribute to rural women’s efforts in increasing food security, but warned that more was needed to improve their lives. In an address to mark International Day of Rural Women, 15 October 2015 in Port Shepstone, Mashego-Dlamini said rural women needed to have secure long-term access or ownership to land, if they were to be at the forefront of eradicating rural poverty.

 

Deputy Minister, Mashego-Dlamini said women in rural areas must form cooperatives so that they can collectively seize opportunities offered by government. She said an Agri-park would be established in the Ugu district and would provide access to markets for local subsistence farmers and small scale farmers.

 
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