n Skills at Work: Theory and Practice Journal - Case study : local economic development (LED) in the agricultural sector : Illovo and the Sezela mill cane Small Growers' Renaissance : Section 2 : Practice

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1815-3666


The 'Small Growers' Renaissance' project was established in the 2007/2008 sugarcane growing season in partnership between the Ugu Municipality, the Sezela Small Growers Association, government, the Gijima funding agency and Illovo Sugar Ltd. It involved re-establishing five hundred hectares of sugarcane plantations on land which was owned by small-scale sugarcane farmers and located within the Umzumbe, Umdoni and Vulamehlo Municipalities of KwaZulu-Natal. The project provides a useful learning opportunity: a real example of the implementation of LED in an agricultural setting is viewed through the lens of the case study, together with its complexities and challenges.

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