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Title:Small-Scale Irrigation Development for Sustainable Rural Development: A Case Study of the Tyhefu Irrigation Scheme
Author:Sishuta, Babalwa
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
Irrigation farming
rural development
sustainable development
Agriculture and state
agricultural credit
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/afrisocirevi.9.2.184
Abstract:This study is conducted against the background of current attempts to rehabilitate and revive the defunct Tyhefu irrigation scheme, based on irrigation management transfer policy (IMT). The Tyhefu irrigation scheme is one of several irrigation schemes established in the former Ciskei (now Eastern Cape), South Africa, between 1976 and 1985. This paper examines the extent to which a rehabilitated and revived Tyhefu irrigation scheme can generate sustainable rural livelihoods. Based on research carried out in 2000-2001, the main constraints and challenges facing the farmers are examined. The findings suggest that irrigation management transfer is a complex and delicate process. Beneficiaries face formidable challenges in terms of capacity (human and financial) if small-scale irrigation farming is to become a viable sector. The viability and sustainability of the Tyhefu irrigation scheme demands a comprehensive package of interventions that address various issues of markets and marketing, capital investment and access to finance, technology, education and training, support and extension services. This raises concern about the possibility for independent agricultural production as well as sustainable rural livelihoods. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]