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Job Creation in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in South Africa: An Analysis of Employment Trends, Opportunities and Constraints in Forestry and Wood Products Industries

This report is one of five studies of opportunities and constraints related to employment creation in rural South Africa, with a view towards informing policy. South African forestry and wood products industries are well established, international...

Extractives for Human Development: Maximizing Domestic Participation Along the Value Chain

Tanzania has a wealth of natural resources. . If managed well, the country’s resource deposits, especially natural gas, have the potential to fast track economic growth and development, support the diversification of the economy into higher valu...

Cultivating Smallholder Inclusion in Southern Africa's Macadamia Nut Value chains

This paper examines the potential for developing a macadamia nut value chain within Southern Africa, while also exploring the potential for incorporating smallholder producers into the macadamia nut industry. Using the country case studies of Sout...

Enhancing Value Addition in the Extractive Sector in Africa: Why is it Important and How Can it be Achieved

Africa has a wealth of extractive resources. However, most of its minerals are extracted and exported in their raw state. The processing of its minerals into higher value output and products is done elsewhere. Hence, the majority of Africa’s min...

Driving a Sunflower Value Chain in Malawi: Challenges and Opportunities

This policy briefing seeks to explore the potential for developing a domestic sunflower value chain (VC) in Malawi. It examines the different but interconnected roles that various stages of the VC play in driving the sunflower industry as a whole ...

Women and Value Chain Analysis & Private Sector Development Study in Puntland

This study aimed to provide an analytical review of existing and potential value chains that could help Somali women generate income and access local urban and rural markets in 4 subsectors. It aspired to identify sector specific value chains with...

Linking Soybean Producers to Markets: An Analysis of Interventions in Malawi and Zambia

This paper seeks to examine the challenges and opportunities soybean producers (who are primarily smallholders) encounter in linking competitively to end markets in Malawi and Zambia, while making comparisons with South Africa’s more developed ind...

Border Economies: Linkages to the Development of Trade Corridors and Regional Value Chains in SADC

Land borders in the SADC region are critical zones for unlocking economic development, regional value chains and trade. It is at the borders that many issues related to regional integration intersect. In this light, this paper examines two case s...

Understanding South African Food and Agricultural Policy Implications for Agri-Food Value Chains, Regulation and Formal and Informal Livelihoods

"In order to create credibility and sustainability between policies, to avoid political confusion and to reassure “investor confidence”, a clear agri-food policy package needs to be in place. To achieve this, policy packages should be constructed ...

'What is the Value of the Constitution?' Value Chains, Livelihoods and Food Security in SA's Large and Small Scale Fisheries

"This paper seeks to assess the state of knowledge in relation to the interrelated subjects of value chains, livelihoods, food systems, and regulatory dynamics in South Africa’s large-­ and small-­scale fisheries. South Africa’s marine fisheries ...

Are Trade Unions and NGOs Leveraging Social Codes to Improve Working Conditions? A Study of two Locally Developed Codes in the South African Fruit and Wine Farming Sectors

The paper explores one aspect of the food security question, namely the livelihoods of farmworkers, which ultimately speaks to the sustainability of farms and the provision of food. It focuses on the emergence of locally made private social code...

Community Opportunities in Aquaculture: What are the Possibilities and Limits?

"Developing countries are more likely to feel the fish shortfall as cheap and accessible fish protein becomes less available. Increased aquaculture production could be critical in bridging the gap. However, despite huge advances in aquaculture in ...

Potential For Regional Value Chains in the Automotive Sector: Can SADC Learn from the Asean Experience?

"The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Industrialisation Cooperation (AICO) scheme created an opportunity for both foreign investors in the ASEAN region and member states to benefit from the regional free flow of goods in support of r...

Drivers of Regional Integration: Value Chains Investment and New-Forms of Cooperation

"As for the regional integration concept, we rather stress three important points that must add to the new visions, whatever they might be. First, (geo)political motivations aside, the number and variety of driving forces for the integration has s...

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. T...

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