Space, markets and employment in agricultural development from Southern Africa

Professor Andries du Toit, University of the Western Cape

Start Date: 01 March 2012 | End Date: 31 August 2014

Project webpage
Research Councils UK project page

Video: Making Markets: Land Reform, Agriculture and New Local Economies in Zimbabwe
Research update: Malawi
Research update: Zimbabwe
Blog: It’s not only about farming
Guardian article: Stop selling off African land - invest in farmers instead
Blog: Beef value chains in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe
Blog: Retail revolutions: the rise and rise of butcheries and informal food selling in Zimbabwe
Blog: Rural cattle marketing in Zimbabwe
Blog: Access to $1000 credit: would this help unleash agricultural commercialisation in Zimbabwe?
Blog: Agricultural development and the local: the case of South Africa
Blog: Zimbabwe’s new agricultural entrepreneurs I: pig production
Blog: Zimbabwe’s new agricultural entrepreneurs II: Poultry
Blog: Zimbabwe’s new agricultural entrepreneurs III: irrigators
Blog: Building impact over time: experiences from Zimbabwe
Opinion: Abattoirs and the Zimbabwe meat trade
Workshop: Changing Countrysides in Southern Africa: Land and Agricultural Commercialisation and Rural Employment
Presentation: Space, Markets and Employment in Agricultural Development: Findings
Policy Brief: Space, markets and employment in agricultural development: Malawi
Policy Brief: Space, markets and employment in agricultural development: South Africa
Research report: Malawi country report
Impact case study: Changing views on Zimbabwe's land reform
Research report: Space, markets and employment in agricultural development: Zimbabwe
Policy Brief: Space, markets and employment in agricultural development: Zimbabwe
Blog: Land and commercial agriculture in Zimbabwe: new findings
Blog: Sharing results, generating impact: experience from Zimbabwe
Policy brief: Can agriculture contribute to inclusive rural economies? 
Research report: Space, markets and employment in agricultural development: South Africa
Research booklet: Land reform, commercial agriculture and local economic growth in Zimbabwe (or in Shona)
Blog: Can agriculture in Africa sustain a nourishing rural non-farm economy?
Blog: It’s not only about farming
 

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 explores 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 will be combined with a quantitative analysis of the livelihood outcomes for actors and role players in the network.

The research will be 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.