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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A Critical Analysis of the South African Mohair Marketing System…

The primary marketing of south Africa mohair has been the topic of much discussions and it has become a contentious issue since producer prices became unusually unstable, producer returns increasingly uncertain, and production consequently began declining. This dissertation has aimed to structure these discussions and issues and to critically analyse the South African mohair marketing […]

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A Status Quo Review of Climate Change and the Agricultural Sector of the Western Cape Province …

As a result of global climatic changes, the Western Cape faces a warmer future. This poses serious threats to agricultural commodities in the province, including sheep, goats and beef cattle. Changes in annual rainfall as well as changes to the spatial distribution, seasonal cycles and extremes in rainfall are also likely, even if the extent […]


Alternative crops and ideas for the entire Western Cape

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 in various international documents and studies that its agriculture is highly at risk from changes to the climate. South Africa‟s agriculture sector is also at risk, especially in the western areas (soil […]

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Breaking down barriers: Policy gaps and new options in South African land reform

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By their own bootstraps: municipal commonage farmers as an emerging agrarian class in the Karoo

Municipal commonage land in South Africa is currently utilised by resource-poor black and coloured farmers. This paper analyses information from two case studies – the Karoo towns of Carnarvon and Williston in the Northern Cape. By comparing data between 2009 and 2018, we show that a significant number of these commonage farmers have increased their […]

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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

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 from their 19th century predecessors. In some cases, for example in Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, municipal commonage land was […]

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Commonage in Pofadder

 Commonage in Pofadder, Khai Ma Municipality, Northern Cape Anja Benseler, 2004 Abstract Municipal commonage is an essential tool towards economic development of communities and especially in poor rural areas it presents an opportunity to subsidise household income and acts as a sustainable food source. For many inhabitants, owning a few stock units on the commonage […]

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Consumer perception of Karoo lamb as a product of origin and their consequent willingness to purchase

Consumers are increasingly concerned to know where food comes from and how it is produced. Since South African lamb is usually produced on natural pastures and in arid areas, certain breeds have been specifically bred for arid areas, such as the Karoo region, renowned for its high quality lamb. Consumer’s perceptions of Karoo lamb (bred […]

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