oa South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - The labour supply conditions for the transformation of peasant agriculture in Africa: lessons from a Malawian experience
|Article Title||The labour supply conditions for the transformation of peasant agriculture in Africa: lessons from a Malawian experience|
|© Publisher:||University of Pretoria|
|Journal||South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Public and Development Administration, University of Venda for Science and Technology|
|Publication Date||Jun 2000|
|Pages||212 - 234|
|Keyword(s)||Africa, Commodity production, JEL, Labour supply conditions, Malawi, O 13, Peasant agriculture, Peasant production, Public administration, Rural development and Transformations|
ISI Social Science
In implementing rural development projects, African states expect that the otherwise poor peasantry would respond positively by maximising use of the productivity-enhancing technologies available to them, in order to improve their income status. The basic requirement is that the producer must supply significantly higher levels of productive labour-time, mainly from subsistence production and other traditional activities. The Malawi experience suggests that this process revolves around the critical role of both the physical and psychological dimensions of labour-time application. Therefore, the transformation of peasant commodity-surplus producers is unlikely to be effectively achieved, unless attainable commodity income is sufficient to at least support both customary production and subjectively defined socio-economic goals.
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