Gender disparities in poverty among smallholder livestock farmers in South Africa

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dc.description.abstract This paper analyses gender disparities in poverty and the determinants of poverty among smallholder communal livestock farmers across five provinces in South Africa. A combination of multi-stage and stratified sampling techniques were used to select 591 farmers across the provinces. The Foster, Greer and Thorbecke (FGT) poverty indices were used to determine the extent and severity of poverty among smallholder livestock farmers. The results of the FGT analysis revealed that poverty is prevalent among smallholder livestock farmers but more pronounced among female-headed households. A binary logit regression was used to determine the predictors of poverty among communal livestock owners. Factors such as level of education, gender of household head, access to markets and extension services reduce the probability of a household becoming poor. Conversely, factors such as household size and access to credit had a negative effect on household well-being. These results highlight the importance of strengthening institutions (extension, livestock farmer organisations and markets) to improve smallholder livestock systems. Further, the study recommends that agricultural extension services should integrate gender mainstreaming in interventions that target smallholder communal livestock farmers, and that rural development projects should focus on interventions that aim at diversifying farm income. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Earthscan en
dc.subject GENDER EQUALITY en
dc.subject FARMERS en
dc.subject POVERTY en
dc.subject LIVESTOCK en
dc.title Gender disparities in poverty among smallholder livestock farmers in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 48(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2020/21 en
dc.ResearchGroup Developmental, Capable and Ethical State en
dc.SourceTitle South African Journal of Agricultural Extension en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11632 en
dc.PageNumber 21-35 en
dc.outputnumber 10804 en
dc.bibliographictitle Maziya, M., Tirivanhu, P., Kajombo, R.J. & Gumede, N.A. (2020) Gender disparities in poverty among smallholder livestock farmers in South Africa. South African Journal of Agricultural Extension. 48(2):21-35. en
dc.publicationyear 2020 en
dc.contributor.author1 Maziya, M. en
dc.contributor.author2 Tirivanhu, P. en
dc.contributor.author3 Kajombo, R.J. en
dc.contributor.author4 Gumede, N.A. en

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