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Leveraging agriculture for growth: lessons from innovative joint ventures and international best practice

Andre Steenkamp, Duncan Pieterse and James Rycroft

Development Southern Africa, 2020, vol. 37, issue 1, 130-146

Abstract: Growing agriculture can reduce poverty, create economic opportunities in rural and peri-urban areas, and boost employment, particularly for semi- and unskilled workers. We review several successful joint ventures across South Africa which comprise a range of partnerships between smallholders, commercial farmers, agribusinesses, industry associations and government. Many of these partnerships have generated significant returns and transformational benefits. Well-designed joint ventures can complement existing government initiatives to drive more rapid agrarian transformation and increase production (Steenkamp, A., Pieterse, D & Rycroft, J, 2017. Innovative joint ventures can boost agriculture production and promote agrarian transformation. http://www.econ3× Accessed 19 February 2019). A review of international best practice provides some insights into how government can support the sector to scale-up these interventions. We argue, however, that these interventions must be supported by policy and regulatory certainty and land policies for secure property rights across a range of tenure options.

Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2019.1665985

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