Space, markets and employment in agricultural development from Southern Africa
Agricultural development can only lead to inclusive, sustainable growth if, in addition to productivity gains on the land, it supports non-farm employment. Recent debates indicate that conditions to support non-farm rural employment depend not only on growth in local aggregate demand, but also on the spatial and institutional configuration of the links between farm and non-farm employment, and between near and distant markets.
This project explored the spatial and institutional articulation of markets, human settlements and farm and non-farm livelihoods in marginalised and impoverished regions of Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe. A qualitative picture of the flow and distribution of money, resources, risk and opportunities in socio-economic networks, value chains and markets in rural districts was combined with a quantitative analysis of the livelihood outcomes for actors and role players in the network.
The research was undertaken by a consortium of researchers led by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
Land reform, commercial agriculture and local economic growth in Zimbabwe (also in Shona)
Can agriculture contribute to inclusive rural economies?
Can agriculture in Africa sustain a nourishing rural non-farm economy?
Chirongwa chevhu, budiriro nekurima mumaruwa emuZimbabwe
Land reform, commercial agriculture and local economic growth in Zimbabwe
Space, markets and employment in agricultural development: Zimbabwe policy brief
Space, markets and employment in agricultural development: Zimbabwe report