AFRA - Association for Rural Advancement
P O Box 2517; 123 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street
3201 Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
Contact person: Stephen Hulbert
- Aid organization
- Educational policy/project
- Women's policy
- Volunteers are welcome.
AFRA is an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) working on land rights and agrarian reform in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. AFRA aims to redress past injustices, to secure tenure for all, and to improve the quality of life and livelihoods of the rural poor. AFRA was formed in 1979 in Pietermaritzburg, to assist rural KwaZulu-Natal communities in their struggle against forced removals.
AFRA works for a peaceful, secure, productive and prosperous society through the equitable redistribution of land, resources and opportunities. AFRA is committed to a non-racial society in which there is gender equality and participatory democracy.
AFRA will work towards this vision by:
• Empowering communities to engage with land reform processes to meet their needs;
• Promoting and protecting the interests of women and the poorest within the groups we work with; and
• Networking with other organisations to lobby for a just and effective land reform programme for the benefit of our target group within an integrated rural development framework.
AFRA works with poor African men and women in rural KwaZulu-Natal. Its activities are structured around three main interlinked programmes:
• Rural land and citizenship rights: Poor black rural dwellers in KwaZulu-Natal influence the institutions responsible for land and rural development.
• Agrarian reform and development: Communities articulate a clear vision for land and rural development. Support has been provided to rural homesteads in identifying livelihood opportunities, gaining access to land, markets and participating in economic value chains.
• Land Rights Legal Unit: The primary purpose is to provide a comprehensive legal service that embraces litigation, advice, mobilisation around legal and policy issues, as well as research and development of the law.
• Food Security Pilot Project: Mentoring of field assistants will be done as an ongoing process throughout the learning process and extra technical input is to be provided for them in the following learning areas: Garden layout; topography (sun, wind, aspect, slope), rainwater harvesting (contours, cut of ditches, run-off collection); Trench beds and run-on ditches with basins and mulching; Companion planting; including multipurpose species and medicinal plants that can act as windbreaks; Introduction of specific vegetables (open pollinated, dietary diversity); Placement and planting of fruit trees, propagation, (pruning if appropriate); Drying of vegetables and food preservation; Keyholes, tower gardens and double-digging, as applicable to the local environment.
• Tshintsha Amakhaya: AFRA is part of a collaborative initiative for the realisation of food sovereignty and agrarian change to secure rural livelihood named Tshintsha Amakhaya.
• Child Sponsorship Project: Child Sponsorship is a child-focused project run by AFRA in partnership with Actionaid South Africa. The project not only links supporters providing financial support with children and communities, but also exposes them to a unique insight into the lives of the poor children, families and communities. The concept of the project is that of a link between a donor supporter and the child.
Stephen Hulbert is the Director of AFRA.
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.