ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTS OF FARM SIZE ON JOB CREATION CAPACITY IN SMALLHOLDER MANGO ENTERPRISES IN LIMPOPO PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA: A Hierarchical Multiple Linear Regression Analysis
- Victor Mbulaheni Mmbegwa
- Thulisile Mokoena
- Khathutshelo Rambaust
- ( paper pages. 1 - 24 )
The Limpopo Province is one of the prime mango producers in SouthAfrica, where smallholder farmers produce mangoes for both theirhousehold consumption and formal markets. Although smallholderfarmers are an integral part of the farming communities, theircontribution to job creation is undocumented and often unreported.The study analysed the contribution of farm size to job creation forsmallholder mango farmers in the Limpopo Province. A randomcluster sample of farmers (n= 84) was identified in an explanatorysequential mixed-method research design. The quantitative datacollection was aided by a semi-structured questionnaire, withqualitative data being collected through face-to-face interviews. Thestudy found that farm size significantly (â = 0.061, p < 0.005)increased the influence of smallholder mango farmers’ potential tocreate formal jobs when other confounding variables were heldconstant in all models specified. In conclusion, the study recommendsthat the provision of land resources to smallholder farmers couldcreate greater numbers of formal jobs and thereby impact positivelyon achieving economic growth and development.
Victor Mbulaheni Mmbegwa, Thulisile Mokoena, Khathutshelo Rambaust.
"ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTS OF FARM SIZE ON JOB CREATION CAPACITY IN SMALLHOLDER MANGO ENTERPRISES IN LIMPOPO PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA: A Hierarchical Multiple Linear Regression Analysis"
The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies,
61 (3): 1 - 24.