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University of Zululand (2006)

Community empowerment : management of production and distribution of agricultural commodities at Phongolo District, KwaZulu-Natal

Siyaya, Thandeka Prudence

Titre : Community empowerment : management of production and distribution of agricultural commodities at Phongolo District, KwaZulu-Natal

Auteur : Siyaya, Thandeka Prudence

Université de soutenance : University of Zululand

Grade : Master of Arts (Community Work) 2006

Résumé
This study examined aspects and strategies the communities adopt to manage the production and the distribution of agricultural commodities. The research also focused on problems experienced by small - scale farmers in the production and management of their produce. The food security of the communities relies on the good management of natural resources and production. It would appear that communities need to utilize and manage natural resources properly and appropriately if future generations have to sustain good produce for their livelihood. The study further found out that small-scale farmers live in conditions that are intolerable in terms of their access to water, market and land. The identified problems limit the access of farmers to produce good quality agricultural commodities, which could be acceptable to market retailers and wholesalers. Agriculture cannot be neglected as the backbone of community survival. Empowering communities about agricultural production management is a development strategy that is aimed at facilitating economic growth. In conclusion the researcher recommends that communities need to be provided with inputs like irrigation facilities so that their production could not be seasonal but could be able to produce throughout the year.

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