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Production of and trade in African indigenous vegetables in the urban and peri-urban areas of Durban, South Africa

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  • Charlie Shackleton
  • Fiona Paumgarten
  • Thami Mthembu
  • Lisa Ernst
  • Margaret Pasquini
  • Germain Pichop

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This paper reports on the farming and trade of lesser known crops, here termed African indigenous vegetables (AIVs), in the Durban metropole. Most households grow AIVs, and collect them from the wild, primarily for home consumption. Modal income from sale was approximately R30 per month per farmer, most of whom were middle-aged to elderly females, with limited education, who had been cultivating AIVs here for many years. The main constraints to greater sales were deemed to be low market demand and adverse climate. The commonest AIVs grown were pumpkin leaves, taro and amaranth. Although most farmers sold very little, there is a thriving retail trade in AIVs. Generally, retailers were females, but younger and more educated than the farmers. The majority viewed retailing as a full-time occupation. Modal income for retailers was R450 per month, but included non-AIV produce. Most of the traders thought there was insufficient market demand for AIVs.

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  • Charlie Shackleton & Fiona Paumgarten & Thami Mthembu & Lisa Ernst & Margaret Pasquini & Germain Pichop, 2010. "Production of and trade in African indigenous vegetables in the urban and peri-urban areas of Durban, South Africa," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(3), pages 291-308.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:27:y:2010:i:3:p:291-308
    DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2010.498937
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    1. Ward, Catherine D. & Shackleton, Charlie M., 2016. "Natural Resource Use, Incomes, and Poverty Along the Rural–Urban Continuum of Two Medium-Sized, South African Towns," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 78(C), pages 80-93.

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