mugnoel1Noel Oettle manages a suit of rural projects from EMG's rural field-office in Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape, where he also lives and tends to his patch of organic fruit and vegetables. Noel strives to link local and global realities in ways that enable small-scale rooibos farmers to respond more effectively to the challenges of trade, climate change and biodiversity loss while also enabling decision makers to understand and respond to the realities of rural people.