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Show simple item record Musvoto, Constansia D 2015-08-31T06:51:45Z 2015-08-31T06:51:45Z 2015-02
dc.identifier.citation Musvoto, C.D. 2015. Could small scale vegetable production contribute to a green economy in South Africa? Africa Green Media, pp 1-4 en_US
dc.description Copyright: 2015 Africa Green Media. Due to copyright restrictions, the attached PDF file only contains the abstract of the full text item. For access to the full text item, please consult the publisher's website. en_US
dc.description.abstract South African agriculture is dominated by the large scale commercial sector. However, the government of South Africa recognises the potential role of small scale farming in the economy of the country and in job creation. South Africa has adopted the principle of a green economy, and is in the process of transitioning to a low carbon, resource efficient economy. The green economy - a response to the challenges of sustainable development, integrates social, economic and environmental objectives. It also endeavours to improve human well-being and social equity while protecting the environment. One of the essential elements of human well-being is food security, and this places agriculture at the core of a green economy. Agriculture is well placed to contribute to a green economy as many agricultural activities potentially offer solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges that South Africa and the rest of the world face. Rural communities in different parts of South Africa practise small scale farming, and some produce a variety of vegetables for sale. A case study of small-scale vegetable production in Tzaneen highlights that this activity provides employment, contributes to food security, uses water efficient irrigation methods and produces for sale. Some of the practices on these farms are compatible with a green economy, and with interventions that improve alignment with green economy principles, small scale vegetable production could contribute to a green economy and open up options for people who currently have very few opportunities for participating in the economy. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Africa Green Media en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Workflow;14601
dc.subject Small scale vegetable production en_US
dc.subject Green economy en_US
dc.subject Food security en_US
dc.subject Sustainable agriculture en_US
dc.subject United Nations Environment Programme en_US
dc.subject UNEP en_US
dc.subject Small scale farming en_US
dc.title Could small scale vegetable production contribute to a green economy in South Africa? en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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