n Farmer’s Weekly - The right kind of growth : from the editor

Volume 2016, Issue 16016
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



Last week, I wrote about the crucial role that the development of rural infrastructure plays in creating the type of living environment that would attract young people to a career in farming. Since farming operations are located mostly within rural economies, it seems logical to assume that growth and development of the agricultural sector would be a catalyst for rural development. However, research carried out by the University of the Western Cape's Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) has shown that there is not necessarily a direct correlation between agricultural development and inclusive rural economic growth and job creation. What matters is the manner in which agricultural development is achieved.

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