Agriculture

Municipal commonage and implications for land reform

Atkinson, D and Buscher, B (2006), “Municipal commonage and implications for land reform: A profile of commonage users in Philippolis, South Africa” , Agrekon, volume 45, no. 4, December 2006.   Abstract This paper reports on a survey of municipal commonage users, which was undertaken in Philippolis in the southern Free State, in May 2005. […]

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Municipal commonage in South Africa

Atkinson D (2013), Municipal commonage in South Africa: A critique of artificial dichotomies in policy debates on agriculture, African Journal of Range & Forage Science, Volume 30, Issue 1-2, 2013,     Abstract The paper critiques Vetter’s (in this issue) assertion that commercialisation of smallholder agriculture holds dangers for sustainable rangeland management. The paper argues […]

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Municipal commonage in South Africa: A public good going bad?

Ingle, M (2006), “Municipal commonage in South Africa: A public good going bad?”, in Africa Insight, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 46-55. Abstract This article deals with the ‘Cinderella’ of urban spaces – municipal commonage. The author argues that commonage is a valuable natural heritage resource. However, municipalities face pitfalls in giving expression to central […]

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Municipal Commonage Management in Emthanjeni Municipality, De Aar Area

Cartwright, A, Harrison, T and Benseler, A (2002), Municipal Commonage Management in Emthanjeni Municipality, De Aar Area, unpublished report, Local Government Support and Learning Programme, Department of Local Government, Northern Cape.   Introduction The National Department of Agriculture and Land Affairs has set the target of redistributing 30% of the land to black aspirant farmers by […]

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Productivity benchmarking of free-range sheep operations

Conradie, B and Piesse, J (2014), Productivity benchmarking of free-range sheep operations: Technical efficiency, correlates of productivity and dominant technology variants for Laingsburg, South Africa. Sustainable Science Unit, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. CSSR Working Paper no. 344.   Abstract Data envelopment analysis (DEA) was used to benchmark extensive sheep operations […]

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Review of Municipal Commonage programme of the Department of Land Affairs

Review of Municipal Commonage programme of the Department of Land Affairs, Doreen Atkinson, Anja Benseler, Kobus Pienaar and Tlalane Makhanya, 2004 Abstract The term municipal commonage is traditionally applied to land owned by a municipality or local authority. The land was usually acquired through state grants or from the church. The land was granted to […]

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Shale Gas Development in the Central Karoo – Agriculture

Agriculture is an important contributor to the regional economy. The total Gross Farm Income (GFI) of the region is just over five billion rand (R 5006 million). The agricultural sector in the study area provides a direct source of income for about 38 000 people. Considering the average size of families in the study area […]

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Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience (SmartAgri)

Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience (SmartAgri) was a two-year project by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, and the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. The project ran from 2014 to 2016, and worked with the University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI). This project produced several research briefs: […]

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Taking stock of land reform in Namibia from 1990 to 2005

Ingle, M (2011), Taking stock of land reform in Namibia from 1990 to 2005, New Contree, 62 pp. 55 – 70.   Abstract The land reform debate in Namibia has been predicated on a number of questionable assumptions and is atypical of the scenarios presented by other SADC countries. The one point of similarity is that the […]

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The economics of geographical indications

Bramley, C, Bienabe, E and Kirsten, JF (2009), The economics of geographical indications: Towards a conceptual framework for geographical indication research in developing countries. In: WIPO (ed). The economics of intellectual property: Suggestions for further research in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation), Geneva.     INTRODUCTION Over […]

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