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Emerging issues in smallholder organic production and marketing in South Africa


  • Joyce Thamaga-Chitja
  • Sheryl Hendriks


This paper presents a synopsis of emerging issues in smallholder organic production and marketing in South Africa. The pros and cons of organic production for smallholder agriculture are demonstrated in a discussion of the reasons for adopting organic farming and the opportunities for and constraints on smallholder farmers in Africa. Also discussed are agro-ecological considerations; the process, requirements and costs for converting to certified organic production; and the information and decision-making required for smallholder organic production. Research and policy considerations are suggested.

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  • Joyce Thamaga-Chitja & Sheryl Hendriks, 2008. "Emerging issues in smallholder organic production and marketing in South Africa," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(3), pages 317-326.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:25:y:2008:i:3:p:317-326
    DOI: 10.1080/03768350802212113

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