The impact of land transfers in the different agricultural sectors of the North West Province

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dc.contributor.author Idsardi, Ernst Former
dc.contributor.author Cloete, Philippus Christoffel
dc.contributor.author Van Schalkwyk, Herman Daniël.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-28T10:50:41Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-28T10:50:41Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Idsardi, E.F. et al. 2011. The impact of land transfers in the different agricultural sectors of the North West Province. African journal of agricultural research, 6(19):4642-4653. [http://www.academicjournals.org/ajar/index.htm] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1991-637X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7095
dc.description.abstract Imbalances and inefficiency fostered by the policies of the previous South African government necessitate changes to reduce the imbalance of the past and enhance the inclusiveness and competitiveness of the agricultural industry. Against this background, the policy of land reform was initiated. In theory, the agricultural land reform policy might appear effective; given that agriculture is a major contributor to rural economic growth and development. Broadening the economic activities of previous disadvantaged individuals through the acquisition and cultivation of land will help to rebuild and strengthen the rural communities. However, the outcomes of this policy has to date not seen the desired results regarding rural economic development and poverty reduction. Many of the foreseen positive aspects of the land reform policy are also contributors to the potentially negative outcomes of the policy. This makes this specific policy controversial and subject of heated debate. Transfers of land in the various agricultural sectors will impact differently on social- and economic factors. Unless a proper understanding of the impact of transferring land in the different agricultural sectors is established, the controversy around the potential impact of land reform will continue. To obtain a better understanding of this impact, the study employed a Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) based partial equilibrium model. Results from the model revealed that the negative impact of the land reform policy largely overshadows the positive effects. Moreover, transfers within the larger agricultural sub-sectors will result in more significant social and economic impacts. Thus, the implementation of the agricultural land reform policy needs to be radical and calculative; otherwise it will result in false expectations, hardship and poverty. en_US
dc.description.uri http://www.academicjournals.org/ajar/PDF/pdf2011/19th%20Sept/Cloete%20et%20al.pdf
dc.description.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.5897/AJAR11.468
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academic journals en_US
dc.subject Land reform en_US
dc.subject partial equilibrium model en_US
dc.subject economic and social impacts en_US
dc.title The impact of land transfers in the different agricultural sectors of the North West Province en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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