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Effectiveness of agricultural extension organisation in rural areas : the case of Amathole District Municipality (Eastern Cape)

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dc.contributor.advisor Letsoalo, S. S.
dc.contributor.advisor Nkonki-Mandleni, B. Makapela, Mzuhleli 2016-05-19T10:10:24Z 2016-05-19T10:10:24Z 2015-07
dc.identifier.citation Makapela, Mzuhleli (2015) Effectiveness of agricultural extension organisation in rural areas: the case of Amathole District Municipality (Eastern Cape), University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The study was prompted by the escalating levels of poverty in Amathole District Municipality of the Eastern Cape Province despite the poverty alleviation programmes that have been established since 1994. The main objective of this study was to identify the underlying factors and challenges that affected agricultural extension organisations in the Amathole District Municipality and explore the role and the prospects of extension organisations as a strategy for development and growth in the district municipality. Data was collected through interviews and with the use of structured questionnaires. The questionnaires were administered to 300 farmers and 20 extension practitioners that had been selected by the systematic random sampling technique in the Amathole District Municipality. After data collection, questionnaires were coded, captured and analysed using MS Excel (2010) and SPSS version 22 (2014). Descriptive statistics were used to summarise the data. Results indicated that although extension officers indicated that they had a positive relationship with the communities they services, farmers indicated that extension policies did not favour them. Conclusions were therefore drawn that agricultural extension organisation was not effective in accelerating development in the Amathole District Municipality. The study, therefore, recommended that further research focusing on the impact of extension services on the economy of South Africa be conducted en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 92 leaves) : tables, graphs, color maps
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Agricultural extension organisation en
dc.subject Extension practitioner en
dc.subject Extension services en
dc.subject Agriculture en
dc.subject Rural development en
dc.subject Farmers en
dc.subject Poverty en
dc.subject Poverty alleviation en
dc.subject Food security en
dc.subject Household food security en
dc.subject Agricultural development strategies en
dc.subject Socio economic needs en
dc.subject.ddc 630.71509687555
dc.subject.lcsh Agricultural extension work -- Research -- South Africa -- Amathole District Municipality
dc.title Effectiveness of agricultural extension organisation in rural areas : the case of Amathole District Municipality (Eastern Cape) en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Agriculture, Animal Health and Human Ecology en M. Sc. (Agriculture)

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