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Equitable Rural Socioeconomic Change: Land, Climate Dynamics, Technological Innovation

Peter T. Jacobs
Equitable Rural Socioeconomic Change: Land, Climate Dynamics, Technological Innovation
ISBN: 978-0-7969-2532-9
2019/239 pages
Distributed for HSRC Press


With more and more global economic wealth and power resting with fewer and fewer people, and given the acute land inequalities in the rural areas of Africa, Latin America, and Asia, how valid are the dominant theories about the nature of rural livelihoods? How can the intricacies of the economic and social transformations that are unfolding in the rural areas of developing countries best be understood?

The authors of Equitable Rural Socioeconomic Change address these questions as they explore the interrelated themes of land inequality, climate dynamics, and technological innovation across varied rural landscapes, primarily in South Africa, but also in Rwanda, and Brazil.


Peter T. Jacobs is research director in the Economic Performance and Development Programme at the the Human Sciences Research Council.


  • Contextualising Socioeconomic Change—P.T. Jacobs.
  • Improving the Quality of Work for Chronically Poor People—L. Scott.
  • Technical Change and Labour Absorption in Large-Scale Commercial Agriculture in South Africa—A. Obi.
  • Support to Smallholder Farmers in South Africa: Challenges of Scale and Strategy—M. Aliber and R. Hall.
  • Translating Farmland Redistribution Project Practices Into Policy Outcomes—T.GB. Hart.
  • Farm and Non-Farm Livelihoods in the Rural West Coast District, South Africa—P.T. Jacobs and E. Makaudze.
  • Droughts, Floods, Carbon Footprints, and Agriculture: The Case of South Africa in Context—P.T. Jacobs and R. Msulwa.
  • The Trade in Pelargonium Sidoides: Rural Livelihood Relief or Bounty for the Bio-Buccaneers?—J. Van Niekerk and R. Wynberg.
  • Natural Resource Pricing and Climate Change Vulnerability: Implications for Smallholder Development in Africa—A. Obi and L. Kisaka.
  • Participation of Women in Smallholder Irrigated Agriculture in South Africa: Constraints and Opportunities—M. Mudhara, S. Sharaunga, and S. Sinyolo.
  • To What Extent Does Conservation Benefit Local Communities?—M. Saayman, R. Rossouw, and A. Saayman.
  • The Challenges of Climate Change and Biofuel Production in South Africa: The Perspectives of Smallholder Producers—E. Makaudze.
  • Rural Innovation Adoption Pitfalls: The Case of Interrupted Diffusion of Sericulture Among Rwandan Farmers—A. Habiyaremye.
  • Social Technology and Sewage Treatment in Rural Areas of Brazil—M. Serafim and R. Dias.
  • Innovation and the Dynamics of Rural Economic Development—L.L. Ndabeni.