Fighting poverty a joint initiative - Dlamini

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pretoria - Government will meet its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty by 2015 provided communities join in as allies, says Social Development Deputy Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Speaking at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (Gain) Africa Regional Forum on Tuesday, Dlamini said working with non-governmental organisations, will ensure success in the long run.

However, she said government's efforts will not bear any fruit if communities themselves do not join in fighting poverty.

"It is quite clear that we still have a long way to go to deal with poverty, but we believe that working together in partnerships, we can achieve greater successes" Dlamini said.

Dlamini added that the department is working with the National Association of People Living with HIV and Aids (NAPWA) to broaden access to improved nutrition for HIV infected people.

"The issues of access to nutrition and food security are addressed comprehensively including through the provision of agricultural starter packs, food relief and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods as well as creation of employment opportunities," she said.

Themed "Building a Caring Society Through Improved Nutrition", the forum stimulates thoughts in search of innovative approaches to fight malnutrition