Understanding the role and value of subsistence farming

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2010
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Aliber, T.Hart
KEYWORDS: SUBSISTENCE FARMING
DEPARTMENT: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/March-2010/subsistence-farming
Intranet: HSRC Library: shelf number 6298

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Abstract

The South African agricultural sector is dualistic in nature. On the one hand, it comprises a vibrant, highly capitalised, mainly white commercial sector, of about 40 000 commercial farm units (Stats SA, 2009). On the other hand, there are about 4 to 4.5 million blacks involved in farming at some scale, of whom about 93 to 95% do so mainly for subsistence purposes, and the rest are mainly commercially oriented smallholders.