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Space, Markets and Employment in Agricultural Development: South Africa Country Report

"Throughout much of the developing world, including sub-Saharan Africa, agriculture is frequently viewed as central to efforts to foster development and reduce poverty. Key conceptual and policy issues accordingly raised in relation to agriculture i…

The SADC EPA: How can the Agreement Contribute to Lesotho's Agriculture and Agro-processing Sector Development?

The EU–SADC economic partnership agreement (EPA) came into force in October 2016 and offers Lesotho a number of tariff preferences above competitor countries in the EU market. These preferences become more significant the more processed a product is…

The Potential of Agriculture and Land Reform to Generate Jobs

Extremely high levels of unemployment contribute to poverty and inequality, and are one of South Africa’s most intractable problems. Can the agricultural sector help to address the problem? And how can land reform be undertaken in a manner that crea…

Oranges and Labourers: The Potential for Job Creation in the Citrus Sub-sector of South Africa

Rural employment is a key policy issue in South Africa, yet the National Development Plan (NDP) of 2012 suggests that one million jobs can be created in agricultural production, processing and related activities. The plan suggests that more jobs can…

Agriculture, Land Reform and Jobs: Can South Africa make this Work?

The focus of this new CDE report is on the agricultural sector’s ability to generate growth and jobs within the current political and economic context. In particular, the report focuses on the effect the current land reform debate has had on critica…

The Growth Agenda: Making South Africa More Labour Intensive

On 13 June 2018 CDE hosted a roundtable discussion on the critical questions of why economic activity in South Africa is not more labour-intensive given the vast number of jobless adults. What prevents employers from making use of the energies of mo…

The Apprenticeship Pathway: Preparing Kenyan Youth for Jobs in the Agriculture Sector

This infographic highlights the employment issues in the agricultural sector in Kenya with specific focus on the youth employment problem in Kenya. The establishment of an apprenticeship program to attract youth for this sector is recommended.

An Apprenticeship Policy Framework on Youth Employment Creation in Agriculture and Agro-processing in Kenya

Apprenticeship programmes facilitate a smooth transition from training to employment through the provision of early exposure to workplace realities and contextualized learning. However, despite their utility in combatting unemployment, apprenticesh…

Political Settlement Analysis of Employment Creation in Agriculture and Agro-industries in Nigeria

Agriculture in Nigeria has not generated significant results from the policy interventions instituted by various government regimes to improve its productivity and impact on the economy. The country continues to expend its limited foreign exchange…

Declining Wage Employment along Sugar Value Chain: The Need for Policy Change in Kenya

Although sugar is a key commodity in Kenya supporting over 250,000 small-scale farmers directly and 6 million Kenyans indirectly, the sector faces many challenges that have led to its productivity decline and jobs lost over the last two decades. The…

Politiques Agricoles, Emploi et Revenu des Femmes au Burkina Faso / Agricultural policies, Employment and Income of Women in Burkina Faso

The Burkina Faso economy, based on agriculture, employs about 70% of the active population. It contribution to GDP is estimated on average at 35%. In agricultural sector, 83% of women produce 75% of food production despite their limited access to …

Employment-intensive Land Reform in South Africa: Presenting Key Policy Recommendations from a CBPEP Research Study

The Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion (CBPEP) is an EU-funded initiative aimed at assisting the Government of South Africa to attain its goal of reducing unemployment, by building state and institutional capacity. The CBPEP seeks …

Assessing Potential for Employment-intensive Land Reform in South Africa

This policy brief focuses on the potential contribution of redistributive land reform to employment creation. The research questions are: What are the promising commodities with the potential to create sustained livelihood and employment opportuniti…

Agricultural Value Chains in South Africa and the Implications for Employment-intensive Land Reform

The report examines small-scale farmers and their participation in agricultural value chains, in order to consider how to strengthen and upscale their participation in such value chains. The highly dualistic nature of the agricultural sector in Sout…

The Social and Cultural Aspects of Small-scale Agricultural Production in South Africa and the Implications for Employment-intensive Land Reform

There is widespread agreement that Government interventions to support smallholders have often been poorly constructed and have failed to produce positive impacts. There are many reasons for this assessment, including that government “… strategies t…

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