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Going for Broke

The fate of farmworkers in arid South Africa

Doreen Atkinson

Format148mm x 210mm
ISBN 100-7969-2176-8
ISBN 13978-07969-2176-5
Publish Year2007
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South African agriculture has always been ideologically contested, because of its relationship with controversial land ownership issues. This book takes the question of farm workers’ fortunes beyond the land debate, to consider their current and future livelihoods. The book argues that the question of farm workers needs to be understood as part of a broader spectrum of economic and social questions. Where should farm workers live? Should rural-urban migration be encouraged? What kind of job prospects can be fostered? How can their participation in the rural and peri-urban economy be promoted?  Do farm workers need land, or jobs, or municipal services? Who should provide support to this neglected segment of society?

A valuable study of past policy failures and future policy options, the book is primarily aimed at policy-makers and students of rural development. It is explicitly aimed at promoting new approaches, synergies and partnerships amongst stakeholders, including government, commercial farmers, agricultural co-operatives, municipalities, training agencies, and farm worker trade unions.

The book also offers suggestions that transcend the South African rural experience. It can therefore serve as a case study for students and practitioners of rural development elsewhere in the developing world.

List of Tables
Map of South Africa's arid areas

Chapter 1 The unseen plight of farm workers in South Africa

Chapter 2 The rise of an unfree labour system before 1970

Chapter 3 The forces of modernisation after 1970

Chapter 4 Government policy dilemmas after 1994

Chapter 5 Life on the farm

Chapter 6 Leaving the farm

Chapter 7 Civil society and farm life

Chapter 8 Municipal political representation of farm dwellers

Chapter 9 Service delivery and the micro-welfare system

Chapter 10 Tough choices for service delivery

Chapter 11 The professionalisation of farm work

Chapter 12 A journey to somewhere?

Conclusion: an outlook for the future

About the Author/s
Dr Doreen Atkinson has brought many years of research and teaching experience to various projects focused on rural development. She is Director of the Heartland and Karoo Institute, Philippolis, Free State Province, and is visiting professor at the Centre for Development Support at the University of the Free State.



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