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Title:Periodic Markets and Rural Development in South Africa
Author:Rogerson, Christian M.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Insight
Geographic terms:Kenya
South Africa
Subjects:rural development
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Abstract:In postapartheid South Africa much interest has been expressed in the potential of periodic markets as policy instruments for promoting rural development. The major impetus for the popularization and establishment of rural periodic markets has come from the work of a national community-based NGO, the Market Society, and the Discussion Document for a National Rural Development Strategy in South Africa. This article first reviews international experience of periodic market development by examining the origins, organization and dynamics of periodic markets as well as periodic market research in Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe. Then it turns to South Africa, where at present the only operational periodic markets are those situated in the Eastern Cape; a short-lived initiative to establish markets in the Northern Province was abandoned in 1996. This part of the article is based on a series of field visits and interviews conducted in the two areas in June-July 1996. It is clear that strong agreement exists about the notion that periodic market development in South Africa should be viewed as part of a wider process of people-driven economic and social development, rather than something that is imposed from above. Ref.