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The Complexities of Climate Change Adaptation in South African Agriculture

"Agriculture is a complex and politically contentious industry in South Africa, given its connection to food security, water, health and land reform, and the historic resource imbalances between black and white farmers. As a large country with many …

Social Reproduction, Accumulation and Class Differentiation: Small-scale Sugarcane Growers in Mtubatuba, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

"This paper argues that the rise and decline of small-scale sugarcane grower (SSG) production in KwaZulu-Natal must be historically located within a changing structural relationship with miller-processors, in turn conditioned by shifts in regulatory…

The Case for Re-Strategising Spending Priorities to Support Small-Scale Farmers in South Africa

"This paper summarises what is known about South Africa’s public expenditure trends in respect of small-scale farmers, and discusses the growing contradictions between the policy priority placed on small-scale farming and the adequacy of support pro…

Dynamics of Decline in Small-scale Sugarcane Production in South Africa: Evidence from Two 'Rural' Wards in the Umfolozi Region

"Using evidence from two rural wards in the Umfolozi region, this paper critically investigates the dynamics and constraints of small-scale sugarcane production under conditions of decline. The rapid decline in small-scale sugarcane production was h…

Climate Change in Ghana: Impacts on Agriculture and the Policy Implications

The five papers in this volume represent a selection of ongoing research on climate change in Ghana. They focus exclusively on agriculture given its significance in Ghana's economy. The lead off paper is by Ferdinand Mawunya and Samuel Adiku and is …

Challenging the Stereotypes: Small-scale black Farmers and Private Sector Support Programmes in South Africa A National scan

All farmers in South Africa face severe economic and other pressures, and even large-scale and well-resourced producers face significant challenges in meeting the demands of highly competitive global markets. At the same time, state policies do not…

Is the Livestock Sector in Southern Africa Prepared for Climate Change?

"The climate of the Southern African region is moving towards drier and hotter regimes. Livestock production will be significantly affected by the change and variability of climate, yet the response to climate change in the region has been unco-ordi…

Building Climate Resilience in Tanzania: Institutional Reform and Capacity Development

Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts, which will disproportionately affect the continent’s small-scale and subsistence farmers. It is thus vital to strengthen institutions to promote alternative agricultural practices and new …

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…

Technical Efficiency of Small-scale Maize Producers in Benin

Given the importance of maize as a food crop in Benin and the objectives of the country regarding this product in terms of food security and exports, a study on maize production is of primary importance. This study aims to analyze the way small-scal…

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…

Conceptualising Finance to Support Labour-intensive Land Redistribution

This paper seeks to provide an overview and understanding of how South Africa’s smallholder farmers and small-scale black commercial farmers (‘SFs & SSBCFs’) presently finance their agricultural operations (excluding land acquisition), with a view t…

Technical Efficiency of Small-Scale Maize Producers in Benin - Policy Brief

Given the importance of maize as a food crop in Benin and the objectives of the country regarding this product in terms of food security and exports, a study on maize production is of primary importance. This study aims to analyse the way small-scal…

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 …

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