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“But tractors can’t fly”

a transdisciplinary analysis of neoliberal agricultural development interventions in South Africa.

Hajdu, Flora and Jacobson, Klara and Salomonsson, Lennart and Friman, Eva (2012). “But tractors can’t fly”. International journal of transdisciplinary research. 6:1, 24-64
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Abstract

Agricultural interventions in South Africa have failed to deliver the promised poverty reduction for rural smallholders. Ecological economics, livelihoods studies, complex system methodology and discourse theory were used here to investigate the underlying reasons. The mismatch between local realities and programme management was found to be a central cause of failure. Lack of responsiveness to local realities within the programme resulted in tractors
being sent to plough fields across a river with no bridge, leading locals to comment ‘but tractors can’t fly'. The neoliberal discourse in South African development policy was found to be a crucial factor behind such omissions.

Authors/Creators:Hajdu, Flora and Jacobson, Klara and Salomonsson, Lennart and Friman, Eva
Title:“But tractors can’t fly”
Subtitle:a transdisciplinary analysis of neoliberal agricultural development interventions in South Africa.
Series/Journal:International journal of transdisciplinary research (1559-8020)
Year of publishing :2012
Volume:6
Number:1
Page range:24-64
Number of Pages:27
Publisher:Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany NY
ISSN:1559-8020
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E14 Development economics and policies
E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E51 Rural population
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Human Geography
Keywords:neoliberalism, emergy, discourse, livelihood, South Africa
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-1500
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-1500
ID Code:10466
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:18 Jun 2013 13:41
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 11:01

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