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North-West University (2020)

Business framework for managing the sustainability of emerging farmers in South Africa

Viljoen, D.

Titre : Business framework for managing the sustainability of emerging farmers in South Africa

Auteur : Viljoen, D.

Université de soutenance : North-West University

Grade : Masters of Business Administration 2020

Résumé partiel
Throughout South Africa’s history of colonisation and the introduction of apartheid in 1948, many injustices occurred and a large population of South Africans were negatively impacted by the system of racial segregation. The end of apartheid in 1994 signalled a new era for South Africa, and a platform was set to correct the wrongs of the past. One of the many programmes that was implemented is a system of land reform that is focussed on correcting the injustices of previous land acts. The aim of land reform is for restitution and redistribution of mainly agricultural land to previously disadvantage people of colour. Agriculture is the cornerstone for South Africa and is one of the key contributing factors towards food security, employment and gross domestic product. It can be concluded that the agricultural value chain forms an integral part of the South African social and economic spectrum and is continuously striving to produce more products and services efficiently and improve the overall well-being of all South Africans. Land reform allows for the integration of emerging farmers in the primary agriculture sector and is one of the key focus points for agriculture in South Africa. The goal of the study is to establish the current situation of emerging farmers and to evaluate the challenges and readiness to have a better understanding of what is needed for emerging farmers in South Africa to succeed. The purpose of this study is to develop a business framework to manage the sustainability of emerging farmers. The primary and secondary objectives of the study were to identify the business framework from an in-depth literature study to assist in strategic decision making to ensure the sustainability of emerging farmers. The literature study is a holistic and in-depth analysis of all the variables that form part of the agricultural value chain in South Africa that include economic, climate, soil, commodities, and pricing as well as agriculture production for emerging farmers. The literature study examined a comparison between commercial and emerging farmers to clearly identify challenges and support structures. The study used awareness of land reform, and land acts, objectives of land reform and the land reform process to assert the importance of emerging farmers in the South African agricultural value chain.

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