The Land Development Unit (LDU) was a small; non-government organisation (NGO) engaged from 1992 to 2004 in agricultural and rural development in the Western and Northern Cape provinces. At its inception, agriculture was the weakest link in the array of support to rural communities in the region – the small, disadvantaged farmers in the Coloured Rural Areas and black vegetable growers in the townships. The LDU was deliberately established to fill this gap.
The book tells the story of this significant NGO that was active during the critical period when South Africa was transforming itself into a democratic nation. Starting work in the early 1990s, it pioneered participatory methods, and was virtually the only organisation at that time running operational projects with these communities. A companion online publication traces the LDU’s conception and birth, discusses its philosophy and strategy, management, funding and public awareness activities, and analyses why it was so vulnerable and finally faded away.
Download the companion volume to An Elusive Harvest from these websites: Western Cape Department of Agriculture or the Institute for Poverty, Land & Agrarian Studies (PLAAS).
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|Sub-title:||Working with Smallholder Farmers in South Africa|
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