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Rural development and land reform through a generational lens : a case of Vuki farm in the Western Cape, South Africa

Khutswane, T.P.

Titre : Rural development and land reform through a generational lens : a case of Vuki farm in the Western Cape, South Africa

Auteur : Khutswane, T.P.

Université de soutenance : Wageningen University

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 2009

Résumé
After 15 years of democratic transition in South Africa, it becomes legitimate to question the role of youth in development process particularly rural development, land reform and agrarian transformation. The leading motive of this paper is that development can be achieved by capitalising on all resources in society, including the involvement of all stakeholders, both adults and youth. A youth lens towards development is key to the future because seven out of eight MDGs relate to youth. Drawing from the recent case study at Vuki project, this paper enables us to look at whether and how youth are participating and benefiting somehow from land reform. Land reform has proven to be a complex process with different sets of outcomes. Vuki has emerged as a good example of land reform because group of beneficiaries have shaped state intervention (land reform), by turning the falling farm into a commercially viable enterprise. Besides being Fair Trade certified, it enjoys access to both local and global markets. Vuki also continues to provide livelihood opportunities for a casual and seasonal labour force from poor areas in the Eastern Cape. However, when looking at Vuki from a generational perspective, the future of Vuki may be less promising. The youth play a marginal role on the farm and have shown little interest in farming. The transfer of ownership and skills from one generation to another is not discussed at Vuki. It is not clear how and when the ageing adult generation will share its resource (the farm) with the succeeding generation, the youth.

Mots clés : rural development / rural sociology / land reform / south africa / farms

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