Informations et ressources scientifiques
sur le développement des zones arides et semi-arides

Accueil du site → Master → Afrique du Sud → 2017 → Assessment of communal land rights for smallholder farmers access to markets in South Africa : implications on gender.

University of KwaZulu-Natal (2017)

Assessment of communal land rights for smallholder farmers access to markets in South Africa : implications on gender.

Mothae, Thapelo.

Titre : Assessment of communal land rights for smallholder farmers access to markets in South Africa : implications on gender.

Auteur : Mothae, Thapelo.

Université de soutenance : University of KwaZulu-Natal

Grade : Master of Agriculture (Food Security), 2017

Résumé partiel
Most African countries have embarked on improving agriculture, food security and reducing hunger through the support and involvement of smallholder farmers in the food production. Smallholder farmers have been key custodians of most African nations food and nutrition security, yet they are challenged by several factors including lack of access to land, access to credit and access to formal markets. Women smallholder farmers are the most affected due to the patrilineal nature of communal land allocation in most rural societies. Smallholder agriculture can provide a route out of poverty only if it is productive, commercially oriented and well linked to formal markets. Women have over the years relied on land based activities for their livelihoods and survival and food security however, they have always been marginalised in the allocation, control and command over land as a property. Several studies indicate that women perform most of the agricultural activities mainly for their households’ food security and may produce a meagre surplus for sale in the informal markets. Market access for rural smallholder farmers has been actively promoted to catalyse sustainable rural livelihood development. However, without addressing the land access and gender specific issues that rural smallholder women farmers face in accessing markets, most initiatives aimed at improving smallholder farmer livelihoods and their food security may fail to achieve their sole purpose. Culturally stipulated roles of women’s in the household and in smallholder agriculture have adverse effects on household food security due to the resultant workload burden and reduced market participation by smallholder farmers. Smallholder women farmers have to travel long distances with their meagre produce to access markets

Présentation

Version intégrale (1,27 Mb)

Page publiée le 5 janvier 2021