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Market Participation Variables in Commercializing South African Smallholder Farmers

Version 1 : Received: 9 March 2020 / Approved: 10 March 2020 / Online: 10 March 2020 (14:06:29 CET)

How to cite: Nwafor, C. Market Participation Variables in Commercializing South African Smallholder Farmers. Preprints 2020, 2020030171 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0171.v1). Nwafor, C. Market Participation Variables in Commercializing South African Smallholder Farmers. Preprints 2020, 2020030171 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0171.v1).

Abstract

The study examined key socio-economic characteristics of smallholder farmers identified for their contribution to market participation. These variables include gender, age, marital status, level of education, household size, additional income, membership of cooperative, herd size and use of ICTs. Using a structured questionnaire, primary data was collected from a total of 129 respondents which was analysed with the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, and presented using cross-tabulations, percentages and count data. The result indicates that age, additional income, cooperative membership and use of ICTs were important variables which contributed to market participation among respondents. The study also made applicable recommendations as the findings may have relevance for future research, policy and practice for commercializing smallholder farmers.

Subject Areas

additional income; commercialization; cooperatives; smallholder farmer; ICTs; variables

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