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dc.contributor.advisor Oluwatayo, I. B. Makgobokwane, Alfrida Matome 2020-09-24T08:54:46Z 2020-09-24T08:54:46Z 2019
dc.description Thesis (M.Sc. Agriculture (Agricultural Economics)) -- University of Limpopo, 2019 en_US
dc.description.abstract Food insecurity is prevalent in less developing countries and it remains a major issue in South African households, especially among those living in rural areas. Therefore, the study examined the factors influencing food security among small-scale maize farmers in Polokwane Local Municipality. The aim of the study was to assess the factors influencing food security among small-scale maize farmers. The objectives of the study were to: identify and describe the socio-economic characteristics, determine the household food security status, examine factors influencing food security of small-scale maize farmers, and identify the constraints faced by the small-scale maize farmers in ensuring food security. Primary data was collected from a sample size of 150 farmers through wellstructured questionnaires, while HFIAS was used to determine the food security status and Logistic Regression model was employed to analyze the data. The descriptive statistics showed that 56.7% of the participants were females, whereas 43.3% were males. It was further indicated that the average age of youth was 34.2%; whilst 65.8% was average age of adults and 69.3% of the farmers have attended school while 30.7% have never attended school. The HFIAS results showed that 53% of households were food secure and 47% were food insecure which include 16.0% mildly, 21.3% moderately and 9.3% severely food insecure. The logistic regression results revealed that among twelve variables included, only six variables including age of the farmer, educational level, household size, household income, farm size and access to credit were found to have significant relationship to food security status of the farmers. The study therefore recommends that there must be provision of agricultural information that will motivate adults to continue farming. Training of farmers on improving food security should be provided through workshops as well as family planning programmes to reduce family size. Furthermore, there must be expansion of off-farm income generating activities as well as increase in farm size and enhancement in access to credit institutions such as MAFISA, Land bank and Commercial banks that will assist in improving the food security status of the respondents en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NSFAS (National Students Financial Aid Scheme) and NRF (National Research Foundation) en_US
dc.format.extent Thesis (M.Sc. Agriculture (Agricultural Economics)) -- University of Limpopo, 2019 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject Food security en_US
dc.subject Small-scale maize farmers en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Food security -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Farms, Small -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Food supply -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.title Determinants of food security among small-scale maize farmers in Polokwane Local Municipality, Capricorn District, Limpopo Province, South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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