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dc.contributor.advisor Makombe, G. Maepa, Maatla Aaron 2013-04-16T07:54:15Z 2013-04-16T07:54:15Z 2011
dc.description Thesis (M.Dev.) --University of Limpopo, 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract Agricultural development programs under the former apartheid homeland system which was dissolved in 1994 could not successfully achieve their objectives. The current democratic government reviewed the policies and programs put in place during apartheid era which eventually led to the implementation of the Revitalisation of Smallholder irrigation Schemes (RESIS) in line with the Reconstruction and Development Program (RDP) and Growth, Employment and Redistribution (GEAR) programs. It was anticipated that RESIS would among others improve agricultural productivity, play a role in local economic development, improve food security, provide improved benefits and the livelihoods of the rural communities where the schemes are situated. The aim of the study is to assess whether the RESIS program has had an impact so as to make recommendations for future similar programs. The objective of the study is to assess the impact of RESIS program on the livelihoods of the participants and to shed light on whether such programs can be used for poverty reduction, which is a key objective in the programs of LDA. Tšwelopele irrigation scheme in Greater Tubatse Municipality within Sekhukhune District Municipality was selected as the area at which the study was conducted. A random sample of 50 beneficiaries was selected from a total of 75 RESIS beneficiaries and divided into two strata, namely, full-time farmers (both male and female) and part-time farmers (male and female) farmers. Interviews were conducted through completion of questionnaires responded to by the selected participants and key informants in the scheme. Qualitative and quantitative methods were used to obtain the responses from the scheme participants and the data processed using SPSS. Based on the analysis of respondents‟ perceptions of the farmers, the study concludes that RESIS is perceived to have had a positive impact on the livelihoods of the beneficiaries. Gross margin analysis supports the farmers‟ perceptions. en_US
dc.format.extent 60 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Limpopo (Turfloop Campus) en_US
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dc.subject Smallholder irrigation schemes program en_US
dc.subject Small scale farming en_US
dc.subject.ddc 631.587 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Irrigation farming en_US
dc.title An impact assessment of the revitalisation of smallholder irrigation schemes program:A case of Tswelopele Irrigation Scheme in Sekhukhune District of Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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