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Title:Gender, resilience and resistance: South Africa's Hleketani Community Garden
Author:Vibert, Elizabeth
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 1469-9397)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:small farms
women farmers
community development
agricultural policy
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2016.1202508
Abstract:This article explores local struggles and social solidarity among women farmers at a small farming cooperative: Hleketani Community Garden, in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Such farmers are rarely discussed when exploring sites of resistance to neo-liberal capitalism. These women have had success in reducing poverty and increasing positive health outcomes for their families and community, in an era dominated by agricultural forms (industrial and commercial) that have generally failed to benefit small communities and farmers. The research demonstrates the potential of small-scale collaborative food farming to support personal and broader social resilience, and draws attention to the kinds of structural barriers that continue to militate against small-scale farmers - especially women - achieving a decent life. Poverty reduction, improvements in health, and community building are among the benefits delivered by this community initiative. Lack of access to resources, policy frameworks antithetical to small-scale agriculture, and worsening climate change are among the greatest challenges. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]