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THE KOMATI DOWNSTREAM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT: ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES

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ABSTRACT

To overcome widespread rural poverty, raise incomes and improve food security, Swaziland has begun a process of commercialisation of its subsistence farms. This strategy is based upon extending irrigation onto customary tenured land in the semi-arid lowveld and converting land to sugar cane production. The paper demonstrates that if farmers adopt an irrigated home garden as a supplement to the cash crop, then food security may be improved. However, changes to the EU's Sugar Protocol is undermining the financial viability of the participating farmers’ associations and compromising the ability of the Komati Downstrean Development Project to improve living standards in the area. It argues that EU aid provided to offset changes to the EU Sugar Protocol should be targeted at the most vulnerable to those changes.

Keywords: European Union; Rural development; Swaziland; food security; household survey; irrigation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9663.2007.00430.x

Affiliations: University of the West of England, Bristol. School of Geography and Environmental Management, Faculty of the Built Environment, Frenchay Campus, Bristol BS16 1QY, United Kingdom., Email: Alan.Terry@uwe.ac.uk

Publication date: 2007-12-01

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