In developing countries, agricultural growth is generally employment intensive and pro-poor but this sector in South Africa has been subject to a drastic decline in tariffs, pricing, infrastructure and other forms of support. This has not been compensated for by alternative measures such as expenditure aimed at facilitating small-scale agriculture and effective land reform. The result has been poor economic performance and rapidly declining employment in commercial agriculture with little sign of revival in the small-scale sector.
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Written by Anthony Black, Professor, PRISM and School of Economics, University of Cape Town
Beatrice Conradie, Associate Professor, School of Economics, University of Cape Town
Heinrich Gerwel, PhD student, School of Economics, University of Cape Town
This article was first published on the Econ3x3 website – Accessible policy-relevant research and expert commentaries on unemployment and employment, income distribution and inclusive growth in South Africa.
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