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Title:Farmers, Labourers and the Company: Exploring Relationships on a Transkei Contract Farming Scheme
Authors:Porter, Gina
Phillips-Howard, Kevin
Periodical:Journal of Development Studies
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:labour relations
agricultural projects
contract farming
cane sugar
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Labor and Employment
Abstract:This paper explores relationships and tensions on a sugar contract farming scheme (the North Pondoland sugar scheme) in the former homeland of Transkei. Field research was carried out in June/July 1994, shortly after the elections which returned Transkei constitutionally to South Africa. An outline of the North Pondoland scheme's principal features and its regional context is followed by an examination of the scheme from company, outgrower and labour perspectives. Company and farmer perspectives are constructed directly from 'guided' interviews and informal discussions with company management and with male and female outgrowers. The labour perspective is based principally on interviews with the Food and Allied Workers' Union (FAWU) which represents labour on the company's core estate. Subsequent sections focus on the land issue, which is central to current tensions on the scheme and a critical issue in the new South Africa, and on the relevance of this study's findings for the ongoing debate about the value of contract farming in Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.