GTAC/CBPEP/EU Project on Employment-Intensive Rural Land Reform in South Africa: Policies, Programmes and Capacities. Thematic Study – Climate Change and Its Impacts on The Feasibility and Sustainability of Small-Scale Systems of Agricultural Production, in Communal Areas and on Farms Transferred Through Land Reform

Year Published 2020
Business unit: Special Projects
Resource type: Research reports
Research report: Development Southern Africa journal articles
File type: PDF
Theme(s): Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, Employment & labour markets, Rural Development & Land Affairs


This paper is intended to provide context and support discussion on the potential impacts of climate on small-scale farming systems in South Africa and the resulting socio-economic impacts, including in the context of black smallholder farmers in communal areas and on farms transferred thorough land reform. The paper includes detailed consideration of the potential socio-economic impacts of climate change on smallholder and small-scale commercial farmers at four pilot study sites (Matzikamma and the Western Cape; Greater Tzaneen and Limpopo; Sakhisizwe and the Eastern Cape; Inkosi Langalibalele and KwaZulu Natal) and the associated local value chains/commodities (including livestock products, subtropical tree crops, sugarcane, vegetables and fruit).

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