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Black South African farmers face stiff competition

by Emilie Iob, Voice of America in 2012

In this interview with Voice of America, Ruth Hall explains that part of the reason that black farmers in South Africa are failing is that they are entering a market already stiff with competition. She argues that 'new black farmers are competing not only with established white farmers, who have had the benefit of learning over time, but also with other producers on the global market'. Commenting on recent statements on land reform by South African President Jacob Zuma, Hall said the government was under high pressure to deliver on land reform, which 'if done right [broadened out and making incomes less unequal], could substantially improve food security, by promoting different scales and types of production.'