With COP17 (the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ) currently underway in Durban, South Africa. Green Renaissance highlights the importance of micro-farming and urban agriculture for long term sustainability in South Africa.
As various debates around food security are raised at the conference this week, it’s encouraging to see this initiative receiving international press in publications like the New York Times. Abalimi Bezekhaya operates in the socio-economically neglected townships surrounding the Cape Flats. Abalimi means “the Planters” in Xhosa, and aims to assist individuals, groups and community based organisations to initiate and maintain permanent organic food growing and nature conservation projects as the basis for sustainable lifestyles, self-help job creation, poverty alleviation and environmental renewal.