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Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria

Facilitating agricultural and rural development through scholarship, teaching, learning, outreach and research.
Agriculture and rural areas social science department: Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development. The department has built up a reputation for research and publications on agricultural policy and the application of resources in the semi-arid regions. The Department also focusses on research related to farm management, agricultural and resource policies, and agricultural development.

Programmes include agribusiness management, agricultural extension, agricultural & rural finance, derivatives institute, environmental economics and rural development. The department offers a number of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral research and training programmes. The mission of the post graduate school is to serve rural communities by facilitating agricultural and rural development through excellence in scholarship, teaching, learning, outreach and research. The website includes online publications, program details, course details and useful links.

Published Documents

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Mapping use and impact of GM cotton and maize production in South Africa
J. Kirsten; M. Gouse / Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, 2002
South Africa is one of the few developing countries and probably the only one in Africa that has adopted some new biotechnology inputs, largely maize and cotton seeds, but what research is being performed to investigate the effects? T...
Peace of mind through pesticide control: explaining GM crop use in South Africa
M. Gouse; J.F. Kirsten; L. Jenkins / Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, 2002
South Africa is one of few developing countries, and the only one in Africa that has adopted genetically modified crops for commercial production, so why has this policy been pursued, and with what effects? This paper investigates Sou...
Investigating the role that smallholder agriculture plays in alleviating poverty in South Africa
C.L. Machethe / Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, 2004
Poverty and income inequality persist in South Africa despite efforts to eliminate them. Poverty is more pervasive in rural areas, particularly in the former homelands: the majority (65 percent) of the poor are found in rural areas an...
Policy options for allocating water between the agricultural and mining sectors in South Africa
S. Farolfi; S. Perret / Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, 2002
South Africa’s 1998 National Water Act aimed to promote resource protection, social equity and development, and economic efficiency. However these diverse objectives are liable to contradict one another in the context of water sc...
Benefits and risks of community banks in South Africa
G. Coetzee; C. Cross / Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, 2002
This paper examines the various types of community banking initiatives present in South Africa, ranging from informal self-help financial services to formalised membership based institutions; ways in which these institutions have chan...
Wealthier South African households and those with access to land banks are more likely to keep livestock
S. Ngqangweni; C. Delgado / Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, 2003
This paper examines the effects of wealth, income, credit institutions, and access to basic services such as water, upon a household’s decisions over whether to keep livestock and what size herd to keep. It applies econometric mo...
Does village-level inequality lead to more migration?
A. de Haan; J. Kirsten; J. Rwelamira / Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, 2003
This study explores the links between inequality and migration in semi-arid areas in three developing countries. It draws on data from a household survey conducted in villages in three regions of Rajasthan, India; three parts of the N...
Does agricultural policy in the southern African countries conform to the URAA’s requirements?
S. Ngqangweni; T. Kandiero; Y. Gebrehiwet; J. Kirsten / Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, 2003
The Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture (URAA) bears important implications for developing countries, including those of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), whose agricultural sectors are critical to economic growth,...
Incoherence between national and local rural development policy
S. Perret / Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, 2002
This paper discusses the link between local governance and rural development in South Africa. It describes two parallel policy streams since 1994: the gradual establishment and strengthening of local government as part of decentralisa...
Water conservation research continues to ignores farmers’ circumstances and needs
S.R. Perret; J.B. Stevens / Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, 2003
Natural resource degradation and water scarcity are important issues for sustainable livelihoods of smallholder farmers in semi-arid developing areas. Yet new water conservation technologies (WCTs) have not been widely adopted by such...
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S.R. Perret; J.B. Stevens

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