Premature deagriculturalisation? Land inequality and rural dependency in limpopo province, South Africa

Eastwood, R., Kirsten, J. and Lipton, M. (2006) Premature deagriculturalisation? Land inequality and rural dependency in limpopo province, South Africa. Journal of Development Studies, 42 (8). pp. 1325-1349. ISSN 0022-0388

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Abstract

Cross-national regressions reveal abnormally low agricultural workforce shares, given GNP, in developing countries that had historically concentrated land into large capital-intensive farms. We argue that such deagriculturalisation was premature, since its concomitant labour shedding has undesirable outcomes. In a new South African survey, a large proportion of rural households (and working-age persons) was 'dependent', relying for income almost wholly on either migrant remittances or pensions. A separate group (with less poverty and unemployment) relied mainly on local, including own-farm, income. The group was heavily over-represented in one of the three regions, where many more households had significant land.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics
School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions
H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography
D History General and Old World > DT History of Africa
Depositing User: Robert Eastwood
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 06:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/777
Google Scholar:26 Citations

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