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Title:Alleviating poverty through resource provision: the case of a South African agricultural project
Author:Maphosa, Beatrice
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1753-7274)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:poverty reduction
agricultural projects
food security
Abstract:The article documents the findings of a qualitative study that assessed the sustainability of providing resources for poverty alleviation. It argues that access to resources does not assure livelihood security. The study also argues that the ability to sustain resources, rather than merely facilitating access, assures poverty alleviation and livelihood security. Using a qualitative research method and the sustainable livelihoods approach, the article assesses the activities and performance of a small group of women in a government-sponsored agricultural project in South Africa. The findings reveal that exited projects struggle to sustain themselves and that assetting alone - without skills, capacity, sense of ownership and a clear focus - does not yield the sustainability necessary for poverty alleviation. The conclusion is made that although resources are a necessary first step towards poverty alleviation, sustainable resource management should be highly valued in the process. The article recommends that agriculture-based development projects not be seen as the only option for the rural poor, as knowledge of farming is indeed crucial. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]