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Links between the local trade in natural products, livelihoods and poverty alleviation in a semi-arid region of South Africa

Shackleton, Sheona, Campbell, Bruce, Lotz-Sisitka, Heila and Shackleton, Charlie (2008). Links between the local trade in natural products, livelihoods and poverty alleviation in a semi-arid region of South Africa. World Development,36(3):505-526.

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Title Links between the local trade in natural products, livelihoods and poverty alleviation in a semi-arid region of South Africa
Author Shackleton, Sheona
Campbell, Bruce
Lotz-Sisitka, Heila
Shackleton, Charlie
Journal Name World Development
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 36
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0305-750X   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-39149103726
Start Page 505
End Page 526
Total Pages 22
Place of Publication UK
Publisher Pergamon
Field of Research 1402 - Applied Economics
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Can the local commercialization of natural products contribute to reduced poverty and vulnerability? Commentary on this issue is mixed, with some observers being quite optimistic, while others hold a counterview. This paper explores the poverty alleviation potential of four products traded in Bushbuckridge, South Africa—traditional brooms, reed mats, woodcraft, and “marula” beer. While key in enhancing the livelihood security of the poorest households, these products were unlikely to provide a route out of poverty for most, although there were exceptions. Incomes often surpassed local wage rates, and some producers obtained returns equivalent to the minimum wage. Non-financial benefits such as the opportunity to work from home were highly rated, and the trade was found to represent a range of livelihood strategies both within and across products.
Keywords sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
natural products
local trade
livelihoods
poverty
commercialization
micro-enterprises
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2007.03.003   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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