Agriculture

A comparison of the performance under field conditions of woolled and mutton sheep flocks in a low rainfall region of South Africa

Conradie, B and Landman, A (2013), A comparison of the performance under field conditions of woolled and mutton sheep flocks in a low rainfall region of South Africa, Sustainable Science Unit, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. CSSR Working Paper no. 331.   Abstract This paper investigated the relative financial performance of […]

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Alternative crops and ideas for the entire Western Cape

Taylor, S (2009), Alternative crops and ideas for the entire Western Cape, Presentation to the Department of Agriculture, Western Cape, Agribusiness and Climate Change conference June 17 – 18.   Introduction – Climate Change basics Globally climate change is accelerating (IPCC AR41) and African countries are being urged to start adapting now. Africa has been warned […]

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Collective action dynamics and product reputation

Bienabe, E; Kirsten JF and Bramley, C (2013). Collective action dynamics and product reputation. Chapter 3 in: Bramley, C; Bienabe, E and Kirsten JF (eds) (2013) Developing Geographical Indications in the South: The Southern African Experience. Springer, Dordrecht.   Abstract This chapter aims to analyse how the quality and reputation dimension is built and sustained […]

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Commonage in Philippolis. Masters in Sustainable Agriculture

Mogoere, MM (2010), Commonage in Philippolis. Masters in Sustainable Agriculture mini-thesis, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.   BACKGROUND In the south western provinces of South Africa, municipalities own vast tracts of agricultural land. This phenomenon is primarily found in rural towns in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape and the Free State. Many municipalities inherited public land […]

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Determining South African consumers’ willingness to pay for certified Karoo lamb

Van Zyl, K, Vermeulen, H and Kirsten, JF (2013). Determining South African consumers’ willingness to pay for certified Karoo lamb: An application of an experimental auction. Agrekon 52 (4):1-20.   Abstract Changes in the features of food demand and consumption have moved from the mass consumption model towards an increasing qualitative differentiation of products and […]

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Economic Potential in South Africa’s Arid Areas

Ingle, Mark (2008), Economic Potential in South Africa’s Arid Areas: A Selection of Niche Products and Services, Arid Areas Programme Report Vol. 7, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.   INTRODUCTION Arid areas are often seen as economically debilitated areas, with little potential for investment. Consequently, there is an assumption that many […]

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Emergent farmers, local knowledge and the implications for land reform

Atkinson, D and Buscher, B (2005), Emergent farmers, local knowledge and the implications for land reform: A profile of commonage users in Philippolis, Free State, Unpublished report, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State.   Introduction and background It is a curious phenomenon that modern municipalities in the southern provinces of South Africa own […]

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Explaining declining agricultural total factor productivity in the Karoo districts of the Western Cape

Conradie, B, Piesse J, Thirtle, C, Vink, N and Winter, K (2013), Explaining declining agricultural total factor productivity in the Karoo districts of the Western Cape, 1952 to 2002, Agrekon, vol. 52, supplement 1. ABSTRACT Conradie et al. (2009a and 2009b) identified the Central Karoo as the worst performing area in the Western Cape, but […]

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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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