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Title: Comprehensive agricultural support programme as the prime mover of agricultural development agenda in South Africa.
Authors: Agholor, Azikiwe Isaac.
Mncina, Sithembile.
School of Agricultural Sciences
School of Agricultural Sciences
Keywords: Agriculture.;Development agenda.;Prioritisation.;Investments.;Prime movers.;Agricultural support initiatives.;Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP)
Issue Date: 2021
Abstract: The agricultural support initiatives in South Africa are numerous and are aimed at reducing poverty. One of these progressive support initiatives for agricultural development in South Africa is the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP). The paper examined the various levels of investments in CASP, evaluated the prospects and challenges, and bench marked the national and provincial investment and implications for extension in South Africa. For the purpose of this study, qualitative methods involving the review of government commissioned reports, working papers, key debates on CASP, online sources, books, peer reviewed journals, etc. were used. The study found that prioritisation of resource allocation is essential in supporting long-term government investments for CASP. The gap in knowledge and information regarding the nature and status of CASP in agricultural development cannot be overemphasised. Reflecting on the findings, a coordinated policy environment to allow the support and participation of the private business investors to fill the investment gap in agriculture is recommended. Furthermore, investing in the prime movers of agriculture: agricultural research and development, human capital development, biophysical capital formation, and improved institutions remains distinctive.
DOI: 10.17159/2413-3221/2021/v49n1a10782
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