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Title:Agriculture and its contribution to development in Namibia
Author:Hinz, M.O.ISNI
Periodical:African Development Perspectives Yearbook
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:land reform
economic development
agricultural policy
Abstract:Namibia's economy is characterized by an extreme structural deformation: about 90 percent of the goods produced in the country are exported and about 90 percent of the goods consumed are imported. The Namibian economy is also extremely dependent on South Africa. Additional obstacles which strongly influence the government's development strategy and programmes are the extreme inequality between the white and the black sector, the high rate of unemployment, and the demands for land by the black population. About 50 percent of the total workforce is engaged in agriculture. While 'white' export farming is highly productive, 'black' land is overutilized, ecologically degraded and will in all probability loose production capacity. The transfer of some land to the landless majority is a top priority in the independent government's new agricultural policy. Bibliogr., notes, ref.