Trends and policy challenges in the rural economy: four provincial case studies

OUTPUT TYPE: Monograph (Book)
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2005
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Aliber, C.De Swardt, A.Du Toit, T.Mbhele, T.Mthethwa
KEYWORDS: EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE, KWAZULU-NATAL, LIMPOPO PROVINCE, POVERTY, RURAL COMMUNITIES, RURAL COMMUNITIES, WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE
Web link: http://www.hsrcpress.ac.za/full_title_info.asp?id=2100
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 3463

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Abstract

Deepening rural poverty is of great concern. Yet, too little is known about how people survive in the rural areas of South Africa, and in particular how people's survival strategies are adapting to changing economic circumstances. This study sheds light on the experience of rural dwellers in respect of four areas of economic activity in four provinces, Limpopo, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The report highlights the challenges faced by public policy in addressing rural poverty. For example, although growing competitiveness and dynamism in commercial farming may have benefits, this has been detrimental to more marginalised workers. It is a crucial resource for economists with a special interest in developing economies and those working in development id, or policy-makers and development planners; students of economics, sociology and development studies.