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Title:The role of the non-farm sector in rural development in Lesotho
Author:Rants?o, Ts?episo A.
Year:2016
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 1469-7777)
Volume:54
Issue:2
Pages:317-338
Language:English
Geographic term:Lesotho
Subjects:rural development
livelihoods
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X16000197
Abstract:This paper assesses the role of the non-farm sector in rural development in Lesotho. Evidence from studies in developing countries indicates that agriculture was formerly used as the main source of livelihood for many people in poor countries. However, due to the decline in agricultural productivity (which results in poverty and food insecurity) caused by unfavourable agro-climatic conditions, many people are turning to non-farm activities as a means of making a living. Therefore, non-farm incomes are used to provide the means of sustenance for many people. However, little attention has hitherto been paid to improving the rural non-farm sector as an alternative or complementary rural development strategy in Lesotho. This research paper uses quantitative research methods to analyse the available data. The main research findings suggest that many people make a living out of non-farm incomes. As a result, this paper proposes that the rural non-farm sector should be given more priority by the government in rural development in Lesotho. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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