Municipal commonage and implications for land reform: A profile of commonage users in Philippolis, Free State, South Africa
AbstractThis paper reports on a survey of municipal commonage users, which was undertaken in Philippolis in the southern Free State, in May 2005. The survey showed that a significant number of commonage users are committed to their farming enterprises, as shown by five proxy indicators: Their readiness to plough their income into their farming enterprises; their sale of livestock; their desire for more land, and their willingness to pay rental to secure such land; their desire to farm on their own; and their desire to own their own land. The paper reflects on the significance of commonage in the context of the South African governmentï¿½s land reform policy, and argues that commonage can transcend survivalist or subsistence production, and can be used as a ï¿½stepping stoneï¿½ for emergent farmers to access their own land parcels. Finally, the paper argues that, if commonage is to become a key part in a ï¿½step-upï¿½ strategy of land reform, then appropriately sized land parcels should be made available for commonage users, to enable them to ï¿½exitï¿½ from commonage use and invest in smallholdings or small farms.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) in its journal Agrekon.
Volume (Year): 45 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
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- Charles Machethe & Thomas Reardon & Donald Mead, 1997. "Promoting farm/non-farm linkages for employment of the poor in South Africa: A research agenda focused on small-scale farms and agroindustry," Development Southern Africa, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 14(3), pages 377-394.
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