oa Africa Insight - Integrated rural development with special reference to southern Africa

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Since the late forties, the world's population explosion has not been counterbalanced by an adequate effort to increase agricultural production, particularly in those areas most in need of it. In the aftermath of World War II, industrial development, with a few exceptions, was given priority in the headlong race towards modernisation and innovation. The gap between the more and the less developed regions of Southern Africa, with regard to agricultural production, tends to become increasingly wider rather than to shrink. The need for integrated rural development as the cornerstone of Southern Africa's future socio-economic advancement is stressed, and an attempt is made to evaluate the less readily identifiable factors in the ""poverty x food production input = prosperity"" equation.

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