Rural self-reliance strategies in South Africa: community initiatives and external support in the former black homelands

Nel, E.L. and Binns, T. (2000) Rural self-reliance strategies in South Africa: community initiatives and external support in the former black homelands. Journal of Rural Studies, 16 (3). pp. 367-377. ISSN 0743-0167

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0743-0167(00)00003-6

Abstract

This paper examines the relevance of the concept of self-reliance in the context of rural community economic development in South Africa. Whilst changing global and local circumstances oblige impoverished communities to become more pro-active in the enhancement of the quality of their lives, they nevertheless cannot ignore basic market forces and the need for an appropriate level of external assistance. Four community-based agricultural ventures in South Africa's former Homelands are examined. A comparison between the four schemes permits an assessment to be made of what such community ventures require if they are to succeed and have a meaningful impact on job creation and poverty alleviation. The role of external support agencies and access to markets in each case features prominently in the assessment.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:community development; economic development; post-apartheid; poverty alleviation; rural economy; South Africa
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Geography
ID Code:442
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Deposited On:31 Oct 2006
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