oa Africa Insight - Cash Crops in Swaziland: An Anthropological Perspective

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



This paper examines some problems in development planning in rural Swaziland. While the focus is upon Swaziland in particular, the paper has wider implications in that it deals with some of the more obvious social determinants in peasant farm management. Swaziland's rural development policy, directed as it is towards increasing gross national productivity, often ignores the circumstances of individual producers, especially the existence of inequalities between peasants in capital and labour resources. It is suggested that the indiscriminate encouragement of peasant farmers to cultivate cash crops can lead to unplanned social consequences, notably an increase of rural poverty. This further leads to an aggravation of the problems of migrancy and urban congestion.

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