IFAA Public Forum: South Africa’s Urban Farming Revolution

Urban farming is not a new phenomenon but it has proliferated rapidly in recent years. This has been driven by advances in technology and global challenges that include food insecurity, energy shortage, urban migration, poverty, unemployment and environmental degradation. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization urban farming is currently practised by over one-tenth... Continue Reading →

Kudos to our Senior Researcher Hibist Kassa

IFAA would like to congratulate our senior researcher, Dr Hibist Kassa, on the publication of her chapter ‘The Crisis of Social Reproduction in Petty Commodity Production and Large-scale Mining: A Southern Perspective on Gender Inequality’ in the new collection Inequality Studies from the Global South, Routledge (2020). For more information go to https://witspress.co.za/catalogue/inequality-studies-from-the-global-south/ orhttps://www.routledge.com/Inequality-Studies-from-the-Global-South/Francis-Valodia-Webster/p/book/9780367235680.

Industry Adds Value

Below find Prof. Ben Turok's letter to Business Day on 17 June 2015. ALLOW me to comment on Songezo Zibi’s latest column (Unembargoed, June 15). He takes a rather pessimistic view on the prospects of industrialisation in SA through building a "bigger heavy industrial sector … to fuel infrastructure". The obstacles he cites are high... Continue Reading →

IFAA Monthly Update: March 2015

Please read below for news, updates on our activities and upcoming events.  Partnerships  Partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)  IFAA has confirmed a partnership agreement with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to conduct policy research on the mineral value chain in South Africa. Our findings will be produced in... Continue Reading →

A Call for Socially Conscious Engineers

Prof. Turok's address for the graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (2014). "Engineers must be mindful of the socioeconomic impact of their work." It is a great honour for me to speak at my old alma mater, particularly to engineering graduates. On my first day as an engineering student and at... Continue Reading →

The Scope for Domestic Value Addition in a Mining Economy: The South African Case

ABSTRACT In this paper Professor Ben Turok (director) examines the constraints on beneficiation in South Africa. He calls for a negotiated compromise on domestic prices, perhaps for a fixed period, with suitable provisions for improved infrastructure services, and step-by-step measures to enhance local value addition and beneficiation by local manufacturers and suppliers *To download the full... Continue Reading →

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