Agriculture

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A, Harrison, T and Benseler, A (2002), Municipal Commonage Management in Emthanjeni Municipality, De Aar Area, unpublished report, Local Government Support and Learning Programme, Department of Local Government, Northern Cape.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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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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The Governance and Management of Commonages in three Small Towns in the Eastern Cape

Martens, C (2009), The Governance and Management of Commonages in three Small Towns in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Masters thesis, Environmental Science, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.   Abstract Commonage is land that is usually found adjacent to a town, which is owned by the local municipality and acquired through state grants or, historically, through the church. Since […]

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The Koup Fencing Project: Community-led Job Creation in the Karoo

Nattrass, N, Conradie B and Conradie I (2014), The Koup Fencing Project: Community-led Job Creation in the Karoo, Sustainable Science Unit, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. CSSR Working Paper no. 345. Abstract This paper discusses a community-led fencing project in the Koup, an arid predominantly sheep farming district in the South […]

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The need for agricultural extension services for municipal commonage farmers

Atkinson, D (2007), “The need for agricultural extension services for municipal commonage farmers”, Journal of Agricultural Extension, vol. 36.   Abstract  The paper focuses on the agricultural skills of black and coloured “emergent” farmers using municipal commonage land in South Africa. This paper is based on in-depth interviews with 28 commonage users, undertaken in Philippolis […]

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