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.


Arid areas are often seen as economically debilitated areas, with little potential for investment. Consequently, there is an assumption that many people want to leave these areas for more populous and well-watered area.
There are three fallacies regarding this assumption:
· That arid areas have little economic potential
· That more populous and well-watered areas will remain sufficient as regards water
supply – an assumption which may be challenged by patterns of global warming
· That more populous areas can absorb more people economically, and create
meaningful livelihoods for them.


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