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American Journal of Economics, Finance and Management, Vol.1, No.3, Jun. 2015, Pub. Date: May 11, 2015
The Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme’s (CASP) Training and Capacity Building: An Impact Analysis on Income Levels of Emerging Farmers in Limpopo Province (South Africa)
Pages: 153-163 Views: 2821 Downloads: 2135
Authors
[01] Thembi Xaba, Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land & Environmental Affairs, Nelspruit, South Africa.
[02] Cliff S. Dlamini, WWF South Africa, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Claremont, South Africa.
Abstract
The Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP), which came into effect in 2004, provides funding targeted at supporting emerging farmers. CASP has six pillars, of which this study focused on one, which is capacity building and training. The study investigated the assessment of the impact of training on the projects’ beneficiaries who had benefited from the CASP pillar of training and capacity building in the Limpopo Province. The methodology applied was the difference-in-difference technique. Projects that benefited from funding were regarded as the treatment group and those that did not benefit from the programme were regarded as the control group. The findings were that there was variation in the increase of income levels. There was a positive relationship between training and reported increase in income levels in some projects, and a negative relationship between training and income levels for other projects. It was interesting that income levels increased for projects that had benefited from the CASP pillar of training and capacity building when the projects were analysed as a group, but when projects were analysed individually, it was revealed that there was a marginal decrease in income levels.
Keywords
CASP, Emerging Farmers, Training and Capacity Building, Income Levels
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