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Ensuring access to water for food production by emerging farmers in South Africa: what are the missing ingredients?

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dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-20T14:15:12Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-20T14:15:12Z
dc.date.issued 2020-09-20 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15441
dc.description.abstract One of the key components essential to the productivity of small-scale farmers who secured farms through the land redistribution programme in South Africa is access to reliable sources of water for irrigation. In this study, we deployed a stakeholder-oriented qualitative research methodology to understand the extent to which land reform farming schemes in Bela-Bela and Greater Sekhukhune have been able to access water and use it to enhance their agricultural production. We were keen to identify and articulate the water-related challenges and missing ingredients for successful agricultural production on the new farming schemes. The study found that access to water for irrigated agriculture is not guaranteed for most of the emerging farmers and they do not have the finance needed to invest in sustainable water supply systems for irrigation. As a result, the majority of the farmers in our study sample have not been able to realize any meaningful agricultural production, with their farming schemes being either underutilized or not functioning at all. Other key challenges include lack of finance, high costs of electricity, and lack of farming knowledge among the emerging farmers. The paper concludes that there is need for key actors in the development sector to provide more substantive post-land transfer support and ensure better access to water for the emerging farmers. This will enhance the farmers' chances of realizing more meaningful agricultural production while improving their livelihoods. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject IRRIGATION en
dc.subject FARMERS en
dc.subject ACCESS TO WATER en
dc.subject WATER MANAGEMENT en
dc.subject LAND REFORM en
dc.title Ensuring access to water for food production by emerging farmers in South Africa: what are the missing ingredients? en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 46(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2020/21 en
dc.ResearchGroup African Institute of South Africa en
dc.SourceTitle Water SA en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11526 en
dc.PageNumber 225-233 en
dc.outputnumber 10706 en
dc.bibliographictitle Chikozho, C., Managa, R. & Dabata, T. (2020) Ensuring access to water for food production by emerging farmers in South Africa: what are the missing ingredients?. <i>Water SA</i>. 46(2):225-233. en
dc.publicationyear 2020 en
dc.contributor.author1 Chikozho, C. en
dc.contributor.author2 Managa, R. en
dc.contributor.author3 Dabata, T. en


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