Agriculture

Goat production in the Northern Cape: What are the impacts of farmer training?

Burgess, A (2009), Goat production in the Northern Cape: What are the impacts of farmer training? MBA thesis, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.   Introduction After many international sessions, meetings, conferences and debates the world is faced with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), resolutions taken at the Millennium Summit where world leaders committed themselves to eight goals to be attained […]

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Goat Rearing as a Livelihood Strategy of Turkana Pastoralists

Imana, C (2008), Goat Rearing as a Livelihood Strategy of Turkana Pastoralists in North West Kenya, Masters in Development Studies mini-thesis, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.   ABSTRACT The increasing human population, urbanization and the demand for a higher income, coupled with changing consumer preferences are creating a greater demand for livestock and their […]

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Going for Broke: The Fate of Farm Workers in Arid South Africa

Atkinson, D (2007), Going for Broke: The Fate of Farm Workers in Arid South Africa, HSRC Press, 2007.   Description South African agriculture has always been ideologically contested, because of its relationship with controversial land ownership issues. This book takes the question of farm workers’ fortunes beyond the land debate, to consider their current and […]

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Human Sciences Research Council, Municipal Commonage Workshop

Human Sciences Research Council, Municipal Commonage Workshop, held at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Midrand, November 2003 Abstract Lest we forget, land reform has and remains one of the most onerous challenges facing post-apartheid South Africa. Yet, notwithstanding the potholes as we tackle these mammoth challenges head-on, we are proud about our achievements thus […]

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Is There a Case for Support for Smallholder Agriculture?

Is There a Case for Support for Smallholder Agriculture? A Response to Palmer and Sender , Doreen Atkinson , Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Volume 24, Issue 3 pp. 377-383 | DOI: 10.1080/02589000600976703   Introduction The paper by Kim Palmer and John Sender makes the following argument: Claim (i): Rural households are currently not benefiting much from agriculture. Claim […]

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Jackal Narratives and Predator Control in the Karoo

Nattrass, N and Conradie, B (2013), Jackal Narratives and Predator Control in the Karoo, South Africa, Sustainable Science Unit, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. CSSR Working Paper no. 324.   Abstract This paper discusses the historical roots of, and scientific evidence for, rival ‘jackal narratives’ about the problems posed by black-backed […]

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Making the most of what we’ve got

Taylor, S (2008), Making the most of what we’ve got: The commercial beneficiation of indigenous plant species in arid areas, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State. Abstract The paper will explore some of South Africa’s efforts to find new products, crops and industries from local biodiversity, to encourage the search for novel indigenous […]

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Municipal Commonage Administration in the Free State Province

Buso, N (2002), Municipal Commonage Administration in the Free State Province: Can Municipalities in the current Local Government Dispensation promote emerging farming? Unpublished report, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria.   PURPOSE OF RESEARCH The primary purpose of doing the research concerned was to establish whether municipalities in the current local government dispensation in the Free State […]

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Municipal commonage administration in the Northern Cape

Benseler, A (2002), Municipal commonage administration in the Northern Cape: Can municipalities promote emergent farming? Unpublished report, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria.   INTRODUCTION Land reform is becoming a key part of government policy, especially in the light of land reform pressures in countries like Zimbabwe. It is clear to national and provincial governments that land reform […]

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Municipal commonage and ecological knowledge in the Nama Karoo

Atkinson, D (2007), “Municipal commonage and ecological knowledge in the Nama Karoo”, Development Southern Africa, vol. 24, no. 5, December 2007.   Abstract This paper examines the problem of managing municipal commonage land in the Nama Karoo, which is increasingly being used by black or coloured emergent farmers. Many of these live in the towns […]

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