oa Africa Insight - Agricultural development in the developing areas of Southern Africa

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The characteristics of agricultural development in Southern Africa are, for the African continent, unique. On one hand there is a progressive commercial farming sector of some 62 000 farmers with modern infrastructure and internationally recognized research stations. On the other, South Africa has within its borders a farming sector of some 1,27 million small-scale landholders who experience most of the problems typically met in the Third World and who, in the majority of cases, do not even produce enough to feed themselves. One difference, we may remark, between South Africa and most First World countries is that the latter can propose aid and solutions to Africa's problems from a distance, whereas South Africa has to solve its problems from within.

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