Inclusive growth

Should agriculture receive greater support as part of an inclusive growth strategy?

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Anthony Black, Beatrice Conradie, Hein Gerwel on 26 November 2014

In developing countries, agricultural growth is generally employment intensive and pro-poor but this sector in South Africa has been subject to a drastic decline in tariffs, pricing, infrastructure and other forms of support. This has not been compensated for by alternative measures such as expenditure aimed at facilitating small-scale agriculture and effective land reform. The result has been poor economic performance and rapidly declining employment in commercial agriculture with little sign of revival in the small-scale sector.