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  1. Library Resource
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    September, 2017
    Zambia, Africa, Southern Africa
  2. Library Resource
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    September, 2017
    Mozambique, Southern Africa, Africa
  3. Library Resource
    January, 1995
    South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

    Commercial farms in South Africa could become significantly more efficient if they became smaller. The government could encourage that trend by removing policies and distortions that favor large over small farms.Drawing on international evidence, van Zyl, Binswanger, and Thirtle discuss the sources of economies of scale.

  4. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    January, 2013
    South Africa

    The land governance assessment framework (LGAF) is an innovative and participatory diagnostic tool that assesses the state of land governance in a country. The LGAF has optional modules for other topics such as large-scale land acquisition, forest land, and regularization of rights in urban areas. In South Africa, large-scale land acquisition was selected as an additional thematic area, as was the case in Nigeria. A framework of approximately 21 land governance indicators guides the process in these thematic areas, each divided into three or four dimensions.

  5. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    June, 2009
    South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa

    South Africa has rapidly reduced trade barriers since the end of Apartheid, yet agricultural production and exports have remained sluggish. Also, poverty and unemployment have risen and become increasingly concentrated in rural areas. This paper examines the extent to which remaining price distortions, both domestic and foreign, are contributing to the underperformance of the agricultural sector vis-a-vis the rest of the economy. The author draws on a computable general equilibrium (CGE) and micro-simulation model of South Africa that is linked to the results of a global trade model.

  6. Library Resource

    A Case Study of South Africa

    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    December, 2008
    South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa

    South Africa's growth experience provides an example of how contrasting growth trends long-term decline followed by improved growth pivot around political change, in this case a transition to democracy. In the decade prior to 1994, South Africa experienced the worst period of economic growth since the end of the Second World War, with growth variable and declining.

  7. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    December, 2008
    Botswana, Africa

    Botswana represents one of the few development success stories in Sub-Saharan Africa. Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth averaged almost 9 percent between 1960 and 2005, far above the Sub-Saharan Africa average. Real GDP per capita grew even faster, averaging more than 10 percent a year -- the most rapid economic growth of any country in the world. The crucial question is: Why has Botswana grown the way it has done, and what lessons does it offer?

  8. Library Resource

    A Critical Review

    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    May, 2012
    South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa

    This paper provides an overview of land reform in South Africa from 1994 to 2011, with the focus on the land redistribution. The government policies and associated implementation since 1994 have not generated expected social and economic results for a number of reasons. Even where land has been transferred, it appears to have had minimal impact on the livelihoods of beneficiaries, largely because of inappropriate project design, a lack of necessary support services and shortages of working capital, leading to widespread underutilization of land.

  9. Library Resource

    Swaziland

    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    December, 2012
    Eswatini, Africa

    Doing business sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business when complying with relevant regulations. It measures and tracks changes in regulations affecting 10 areas in the life cycle of a business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.

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