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A TYPOLOGY STUDY FOR THE ALLAN WATER'S COMMUNITY IN THE

EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA

 

B. R. King1, A.C. Geyer2 & J Carsten3

 

1Grootfontein ADI, Private Bag X529, Middelburg, E. Cape 5900

Email: Bryan King

 2 Department of Agricultural, Port Elizabeth Technikon, Private Bag X6011, Port Elizabeth

 3 ARC, Department of Impact Analysis, Box 8783, Pretoria, 0002

 


The multiple livestock and crop farming development project in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa is a community based and government supported management program. It is a strategy for substantial rural livelihood promotion. The overall goal of this land care program is to optimize productivity, food security, job creation and better quality of live for all. The current socio- economic and farming systems of 63 households in the Allan Waters community, near Oueenstown, were surveyed with questionnaires. To define household typologies, factors such as land, source of income, modes of farming and composition of the family were used to identify six typology categories and to divide these into two main groups. The six typologies are given in the Table.

 

In the future, new typology types could emerge, others might disappear and some might stay the same. From the results of this study, constraints have been identified with regard to improved quality of life. Following this, specific projects have already been implemented to address and alleviate these constraints.