n Farmer’s Weekly - Can agriculture really create jobs? - editorial

Volume 2018 Number 18026
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



After reading the report ‘Overcoming Poverty and Inequality in South Africa’, which was published earlier this year by the World Bank, I started wondering whether we have begun taking for granted that growing the agriculture sector would be an effective way to create jobs in Africa. South Africa’s National Development Plan places much faith in the sector to create about one million new jobs by 2030, but the World Bank report, as well as Dr Tinashe Kapuya (see pg 13), argue that agriculture has, in fact, performed rather poorly in terms of job creation in recent years. The report reveals that the number of workers in agriculture declined almost 50% between 2005 and 2010, and while the sector recovered over the following five years by creating another 170 000 jobs, there was still an overall drop of four percentage points in the share of the agricultural labour force.

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