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Understanding the decline of smallholder farming in South Africa

Published: 10 May 2024

South African smallholders are abandoning farming. The decline in field cultivation is a problem, since many of these smallholder households struggle to make ends meet. If people were able to produce more of their own food this would improve their lives. SLU researcher Klara Fischer, has written an article in the Conversation where she draws on work reported in three scientific papers.

The article is based on research she undertook in villages in OR Tambo District, South Africa, between 2006 and 2020, two household surveys from 2008 and 2020, and perspectives from South African history.

Read the full article in the Conversation here.

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