Agricultural Transformation and Livelihood Struggles
by Michaela Palchick (9783639178289)

Agricultural Transformation and Livelihood Struggles

Michaela Palchick

Release Date: 01 September 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 116
Category: Human Geography
Publisher: VDM Verlag
ISBN: 9783639178289
ISBN-10: 3639178289

South Africa's post-Apartheid land reform programs redistribute previously white-owned farmland to a small percentage of blacks, and provide these new farmers with agricultural extension services that promote large-scale agriculture. The shortcomings of the agricultural transformation program are apparent in the village of Genadendal, a former mission reserved for "coloureds" and a historically agricultural community in the Western Cape. The case study of Genandendal demonstrates that a national agricultural transformation program for an elite class of black commercial farmers does not address all problems. South Africa's land reform programs fall short of dismantling the inherited structures of economic and power inequality, while creating a faade of racial equality in land ownership. This book shares the specific challenges faced by South African small-scale farmers, argues that these problems can be overcome with a new government vision for small-scale agriculture, and in a broader sense, enumerates the advantages of small-scale farming over the industrial model.

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