Agriculture

Emergent farmers, local knowledge and the implications for land reform

It is a curious phenomenon that modern municipalities in the southern provinces of South Africa own vast tracts of agricultural land. This was primarily the case in rural towns in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and the Free State. Many municipalities inherited public land, called “commonage” or “meentgronde”. In some cases, this land used to be […]

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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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From on-farm to own farm?

Atkinson, D, Pienaar, D and Zingel, J (2004), From on-farm to own farm? The role of farm worker unions in land reform in South Africa, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, for the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Unpublished report.   Introduction This report forms the South African Country Study of a comparative regional study being […]

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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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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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Gradients in vegetation cover, structure and species richness of Nama-Karoo shrublands…

1. Gradients of animal impact known as piospheres tend to develop around artificial watering points, particularly in arid zones. Such grazing gradients represent a potential opportunity for differentiating the long-term effects of livestock activity from other environmental patterns. In this study, the impact of watering point provision on the plant cover, species richness and community […]

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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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