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Women’s access to land – A pathway out of poverty?

11 October 2017
12:30 - 14:00

Date: 11 October 2017
Time:  12h15 – 13h45
Venues: Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town

Presentation is available for download below.

Laurel Oettle, Director of the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA)
Sithandiwe Yeni, National Co-ordinator, Tshintsha Amakhaya
Shirin Motala, Senior Researcher Manager & Stewart Ngandu, Research Manager, EPD, HSRC

South Africa’s Freedom Charter asserts that the land should belong to those who work it, and this claim also underpins many of the historical peasant revolutions that resulted in significant land reform in the first half of the 20th century. Equitable access to land and other natural resources and gender equality aimed at significant rural poverty reduction is at the forefront of ambitious development goals post the 1994 agenda.
This seminar presents evidence from two micro level research studies undertaken, by AFRA and the HSRC respectively. AFRA will present findings from a study of 800 farm dweller households in KwaZulu-Natal which suggest that the arena of social reproduction on farms in SA is in crisis, arising from declining rural employment, the pincer squeeze on agricultural livelihoods (declining returns and increasing input costs) and the proliferation of survivalist farming activities. The presentation will shed some light on the question of why do women want land?
HSRC will present evidence from a study undertaken in three provinces which sought to explore the extent to which land and agrarian reform interventions have produced an altered livelihood dynamic for land reform benficiaries and more importantly to measure how this translated into gendered sustainable livelihood impacts at household level. Findings suggests that shrinking numbers of black farmers gain ownership of land and enjoy access to Government-financed support for on-farm production and participation in agricultural value chains beyond the farm gate, with these findings being more pronounced for women farmers.

Kindly RSVP by Friday 6 October 2017

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