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dc.contributor.advisor Hlongwane, J. J.
dc.contributor.advisor Gidi, L. S. Mahasha, Phetole Previous 2019-12-03T05:42:42Z 2019-12-03T05:42:42Z 2019
dc.description Thesis (M.Sc. Agriculture (Agricultural Economics) -- University of Limpopo, 2019 en_US
dc.description.abstract Agriculture has long been argued to be the dominant sector of the South African economy. Despite the huge agricultural potential of the country, the agricultural sector is underperforming in Less Developing Countries (LDCs) to some extent because female small-scale farmers, who play a vital role in agriculture, encounter credit constraints because of their gender and this in turn reduce their productivity. Therefore, the gender gap in terms of access to credit indicates that there is a need to reassess the problem of credit access by small-scale farmers on the basis of gender. This study was carried out in the Greater Letaba Municipality (GLM) which is situated in the Mopani District of Limpopo Province, with the aim of analysing factors that influence formal credit access by both female and male small-scale farmers. Structured questionnaires were employed to collect the data for the analyses from 140 sampled small-scale farmers (70 males and 70 females) selected using stratified random sampling technique. The findings of the probit regression model discovered that gender, extension services, land ownership, age, collateral and farm size had a significant positive influence on small-scale farmers` access to formal credit in the GLM. Additionally, the findings further revealed that household size, farming experience, farm-income, marital status had an insignificant negative influence on the small-scale farmers` access to formal credit whereas education level had an insignificant positive influence on the small-scale farmers` access to formal credit. On average, male and female small-scale farmers with access to formal credit were 71 % and 29 %, respectively whereas the male and female small-scale farmers without access to formal credit were 35% and 65%, respectively. The female small-scale farmers` perceptions towards the credit system that were derived from the Principal Component Analysis (PCA) are as follows: (i) male smallscale farmers effortlessly get credit from banks contrasted with their female counterparts, (ii) small-scale farmers with more education and collateral tend to access formal credit than their counterparts and (iii) small-scale farmers who are nearest to iii the banks are more likely to access credit than small-scale farmers who are far away. Based on the study findings, a set of recommendations for achieving equitable formal credit access by male and female small-scale farmers were put forward. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Research Fund (NRF) en_US
dc.format.extent xiv, 89 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires Adobe Acrobat Reader en_US
dc.subject Formal credit en_US
dc.subject Small-scale farmers en_US
dc.subject Gender analysis en_US
dc.subject Access to credit en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Farmers -- South Africa -- Economic conditions en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Agricultural credit -- South Africa Limpopo en_US
dc.title Gender analysis of access to formal credit by small-scale farmers in the Greater Letaba Municipality en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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