Factors contributing to the transformation of smallholder farming to commercial farming in Mutale Local Municipality of Limpopo Province, South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Chauke, P. K.
dc.contributor.advisor Raidimi, E. N.
dc.contributor.author Nekhavhambe, Elekanyani
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-07T08:05:29Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-07T08:05:29Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/757
dc.description MSCAGR
dc.description Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
dc.description.abstract The study was conducted in the Mutale Local Municipality, Vhembe District of South Africa on a proportionally randomly selected sample of 153 smallholder farmers after clustering them into agricultural zones and commodity groupings (vegetables under irrigation, dryland maize and citrus fruit farming). Data were collected through a structured qualitative and quantitative questionnaire that was administered face-to-face to respondents and captured into the SPSS Version 24 computer program. The same program was used to analyse data through cross tabulations and logistic regression modelling. In particular, the study focussed on the impact of socio-economic characteristics, challenges that farmers face and views of extension officers on transforming subsistence farmers towards commercialization. The most critical findings of the study were dominance of women, lower youth participation, poor training and educational achievements, non-membership to agricultural organizations, low income levels and dependence on social grants and lack of credit as factors that could impact on farmers’ transformation process. Farmers’ challenges that could impact on transformation were identified as lack of production inputs, water, access to market and supportive infrastructure such as mechanization. However, the views of extension officers regarding transformation centred mostly around insufficient land holdings, climate change and financial support. In contrast to farmers, extension officers viewed market access as a minor challenge. The study recommended for development of strategies that could increase youth participation in farming such as start-up credit, reduction of dependence on social grants by adopting strategies that could increase productivity and thus income, exposure to funding opportunities through training and increased involvement of institutions of higher learning into smallholder farming activities. en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource ( 92 leaves : Color illustrations, color map)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Binary regression en_US
dc.subject Commercialization en_US
dc.subject Cross tabulation en_US
dc.subject Subsistence farming en_US
dc.subject Transformation en_US
dc.title Factors contributing to the transformation of smallholder farming to commercial farming in Mutale Local Municipality of Limpopo Province, South Africa en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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