Case Studies of Emerging Farmers and Agribusiness in South Africa

Case Studies of Emerging Farmers and Agribusiness in South Africa

“Emerging” (or “black”) farmers are often considered a homogenous group. While individual emerging farmers and agribusinesses in South Africa share a common history, the case studies in this book show that in fact significant differences exist among them that are often hidden beneath the averaging and aggregation typical of most analytical research.

Detailed Information

  • Title: Case Studies of Emerging Farmers and Agribusiness in South Africa
  • Editor/s: E Mabaya; K Tihanyi; M Karaan & J van Rooyen
  • Publisher: Sun Media
  • Country of Origin: South Africa
  • ISBN: 9781920338657

“Emerging” (or “black”) farmers are often considered a homogenous group. While individual emerging farmers and agribusinesses in South Africa share a common history, the case studies in this book show that in fact significant differences exist among them that are often hidden beneath the averaging and aggregation typical of most analytical research.

Presenting fifteen case studies of emerging agribusinesses in South Africa, this book has three main objectives:

(1) to capture the human stories behind the emerging farms and agribusinesses in South Africa in order to showcase their rich diversity, historical backgrounds, current context, and future directions;

(2) to highlight the best practices, opportunities, and challenges facing South Africa’s emerging farmers and agribusinesses; and

(3) to create a new set of instructional materials for academics and development practitioners, or as a point of reference for other entrepreneurs, members of government, and other practitioners engaged in agriculture and agribusiness.

The case study format, a relatively new tool in the field of agribusiness management, allows for a close-up view of the entrepreneurs at the heart of the businesses, providing an ideal lens through which to take a snapshot of the agribusiness landscape of South Africa today.

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