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The influence of policy on the roles of agriculture in South Africa


  • Nick Vink


This article provides a framework for the analysis of the relationship between different macroeconomic, sector and commodity policies and the multiplier effects of agriculture. It starts with a listing of the macroeconomic, sector and commodity policies that have been included in the analysis. These should be considered in conjunction with the likely roles of agriculture along each of the dimensions of the social, poverty and cultural roles of agriculture. These policies and roles should be conceptualised as the vertical and horizontal axes respectively of a 'policy role' matrix. The 'cells' of this matrix - the policy role interactions - are discussed with respect to the immediate macroeconomic, agricultural, economic, institutional and social impact of the policy change on the agricultural sector at farm, regional, national and multinational levels, and thereafter on the role of agriculture in terms of each of the dimensions identified above.

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  • Nick Vink, 2004. "The influence of policy on the roles of agriculture in South Africa," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(1), pages 155-177.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:21:y:2004:i:1:p:155-177
    DOI: 10.1080/0376835042000181462

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    1. Mashabela, T.E. & Vink, Nick, 2008. "Competitive performance of global deciduous fruit supply chains: South Africa versus Chile," Agrekon, Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA), vol. 47(2), pages 1-18, June.
    2. Kirsten, Johann F., 2012. "The Political Economy of Food Price Policy in South Africa," Working Papers 206514, University of Pretoria, Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development.
    3. MacNicol, R. & Ortmann, Gerald F. & Ferrer, Stuart R.D., 2008. "Management decisions on commercial sugarcane farms in KwaZulu-Natal: a focus on choice bracketing behaviour for risk management," Agrekon, Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA), vol. 47(1), pages 1-24, March.

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