In the context of current agrarian reform efforts in South Africa, this paper analyses the livelihood trajectories of ‘emergent’ farmers in Eastern Cape Province. We apply a rural livelihoods framework to 60 emergent cattle farmers to understand the different capitals they have drawn upon in transitioning to their current class positions and associated vulnerability. The analysis shows that, for the majority of farmers, no real ‘transition’ from subsistence farming has occurred.
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Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationFebruary, 2021United States of America, South Africa, Southern Africa
Library ResourcePolicy Papers & BriefsMarch, 2015South Africa, Southern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
Drawing on insights from multiple studies, this policy brief addresses the importance of gender considerations for small-scale livestock farming communities relative to food security in the South African context. The brief examines some key elements of gender issues in relation to small-scale livestock farming, asks how some of these elements align with current policies and practices, and suggests a number of focused policy recommendations. Two thirds of the world’s 600 million poor livestock keepers are rural women.
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationSeptember, 2020South Africa, Southern Africa
This study presents an integrated examination of both the ecosystem services (ES) and ecosystem disservices (EDS) associated with smallholder animal husbandry in rural livelihoods in three villages in southeast South Africa. It recognises the contribution of ES supporting and resulting from smallholder livestock and poultry production, but also details the limiting factors or EDS, such as tick-borne disease, birds of prey or unpalatable rangeland, produced by the same system.
Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksDecember, 2016Namibia, Southern Africa
Achieving cooperation in natural resource management is always
a challenge when incentives exist for an individual to maximise her short term
benefits at the cost of a group. We study a public good social dilemma in water
infrastructure provision on land reform farms in Namibia. In the context of the
Namibian land reform, arbitrarily mixed groups of livestock farmers have to share
the operation and maintenance of water infrastructure. Typically, water is mainly
used for livestock production, and livestock numbers are subject to high fluctuations
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationAugust, 2019Botswana
Savannas are extremely important socio-economic landscapes, with pastoralist societies relying on these ecosystems to sustain their livelihoods and economy. Globally, there is an increase of woody vegetation in these ecosystems, degrading the potential of these multi-functional landscapes to sustain societies and wildlife. Several mechanisms have been invoked to explain the processes responsible for woody vegetation composition; however, these are often investigated separately at scales not best suited to land-managers, thereby impeding the evaluation of their relative importance.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchApril, 2013Tanzania, Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa
Library ResourceSeptember, 2018Tanzania, Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa
Library ResourceReports & ResearchFebruary, 2012Tanzania, Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa
Library ResourceReports & ResearchDecember, 2017Tanzania, Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa
Library ResourceMay, 2017Tanzania, Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa
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