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pdf.png Agricultural Bio-diversity for Better Nutrition, Health and Production Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa HOT

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The main aim of the study was to provide empirical evidence of how the role of agricultural biodiversity can be  translated into improved health and nutritional status, improved livelihoods and more sustainable production systems in  contemporary poor rural and urban communities in the North West Province of South Africa.



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pdf.png Development of evidence-based policy around small-scale farming 2010 HOT

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The Terms of Reference require the researchers to formulate evidence-based recommendations for "How to bring in new small-scale and larger commercial farmers, and to make sure that they are productive and contribute effectively to the rural economy and to national food security".



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pdf.png POLICY BRIEF: Agricultural Biodiversity And Health (2) 2011

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The recent climate change debate and food crisis in many parts of Africa have created a renewed awareness of the importance and the value of biodiversity and its agricultural counterpart. This policy brief provides empirical evidence of how the role of agricultural biodiversity can be translated into improved health and nutritional status, improved livelihoods and more sustainable production systems in contemporary poor rural and urban communities in the North West Province (NWP) of South Africa.



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pdf.png New evidence in the case for improving the quality of secondary school learning outcomes (2) 2011

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A recent paper, based on new household survey data, finds that pre-final year completion rates in South African secondary schools compare well with other countries in a similar economic position, and they show a steady improvement between 2003 and 2009. In spite of this, the final year (Grade 12 or ‘Matric’) completion rate of 40% remains low by international standards, and it has not changed much since 2003. Even those learners who do pass Matric may struggle to find formal employment without further education,
whilst access to such tertiary education is hampered by a general lack of core skills. This holds important implications for education policy. Simply increasing enrolment numbers will not guarantee that learners are equipped with the necessary skills to meet labour market demands. A continued focus on quality educational outcomes is required, and policymakers should avoid being seduced by headline-grabbing high enrolment numbers at the expense of quality improvements. This brief summarises the key findings based on analyses of recent household survey data, and suggests some policy implications as far as improving quality educational outcomes is concerned.



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pdf.png “Income Generating Projects” as a development intervention of government: A case of government funded Agricultural Projects in Limpopo 2011 HOT

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This chapter describes the role of income generation projects as a development intervention of government. Biographical data showed that there are issues associated with capacity of project beneficiaries relating to age, gender, and highest level passed and training received to manage the project as most of them were ages 55 and above, female and no tertiary education. It also emerged from inputs of participants that although there was no significant income generated (a salary of less than R200 per month to each member) by most of the projects, they do contribute to poverty alleviation as reflected by the ability of project beneficiaries to provide for basic needs of their family through work in the project.Recommendations are that future feasibility studies should take into consideration the capacity and succession in relation to ages and strength of probable beneficiaries;participatory planning and regular engagement with project beneficiaries including planned continuous support and nurturing. Mechanism should also be put in place for participatory monitoring and evaluation.



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pdf.png Impact Bond (IB) Landscape Study: An Exploration of Impact Bonds for Results Focused SME/SE Development 2015 HOT

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The purpose of this landscape study is two‐fold. Firstly, it aims to provide an understanding of the current state of Impact Bond (IB) work in South  Africa and on the rest of the African continent and how it pertains to Small, Medium and Micro‐Enterprises, especially those involved in social impact (i.e. Social Enterprises). Secondly, by reviewing Impact Bonds globally, the research strives to provide insights into future applications of IBs involving small businesses in South Africa across various sectors. This research will hopefully assist government officials and researchers in using and generating evidence to inform policy making, as well as addressing the implementation challenge of more inclusive and sustainable economic growth and job creation in our country.



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pdf.png Examining rural development through livelihoods analysis in the Eastern Cape 2017

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Presentation on research findings and potential policy implications at the PSPPD II Research Conference for CfP1 Grantees 14 –15 March



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pdf.png Harnessing livelihood strategies for pro-poor policy intervention in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa 2017

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Presentation on research findings and potential policy implications at the PSPPD II Research Conference for CfP1 Grantees 14 –15 March 2017



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pdf.png Analysis of 2014 firm survey data, from the greater Durban area, in order to contribute evidence to local, provincial and national policy for manufacturing firms to contribute to inclusive growth 2017

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Presentation on research findings and potential policy implications at the PSPPD II Research Conference for CfP1 Grantees 14 –15 March 2017



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pdf.png Government and Small-scale Agriculture – Understanding the Successes and Failures in Respect of Learning, Planning and Implementation 2017

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Theme 2: Employment, unemployment and livelihoods