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Income effects of agricultural development in the former Transkei, South Africa

Frederik DE CLERCQ student laureate

°1978 Belgium
Bio-engineer agriculture, Universiteit Gent, Belgium, 2002

Inkomenseffecten van landbouwontwikkeling in het voormalige Transkei, Zuid-Afrika

This dissertation is a case study of a wool project among poor farmers in the former Transkei in South Africa, and calculates the economic growth multipliers for the local and national economy. In this connection, the theories of growth linkages between different sectors are considered and applied. This is important in the context of rural development strategies and the place of agriculture in these strategies. If one regards agriculture as an engine of economic development, this means that it has a large growth multiplier. This is established and confirmed in this work with reference to income and spending data for a representative sample of households. It is supplemented with qualitative research into the needs and limitations experienced by the local population, and their situation in a capitalist economy. This highly original and neat work updates the now ageing theory of growth linkages, and applies it concretely and sensibly to a rural development project. It is to be hoped that this approach will be taken up, as all economic development is ultimately a matter of growth linkages and growth multipliers. The merit of this work consists in focusing on this point.

report by Prof. E. Tollens, Agricultural technology and economics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium