Framework is the Constitution which provides for the protection of property rights, but also mandates certain land reform measures. Three broad programmes of land reform in terms of the Constitution: Restitution; Redistribution; and Tenure Reform. Each of these programmes really need to be examined separately to understand to what extent they have succeeded or failed and why. Twenty three years down the line there is huge frustration about the lack of progress and the extent to which land reform has met peoples’ expectations. Land reform has indeed become a political football and that is very dangerous, for the sector, for the value-chain and for the country.
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Making a living in farming is not easy. For many small scale farmers, commercial farming is hard. For small farmers wanting to make a living in the sector, the challenges can almost seem insurmountable.
Many small farmers fail due to lack of support, education and the necessary skills that are needed to make commercial farming a success.
However, all this is about to change. Thanks to the launch of the Agri-parks programme by government, struggling small farmers will now be able to become successful farm owners.
Government launched the Agri-parks programme in 2015 as one of the cornerstones of rural economic transformation. Led by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, the programme provides communities with jobs, food security and opportunities to prosper.