Exciting news! The Climate Land and Agrofood Systems (CLAS) team at EEE has been chosen for the 2023 Agrarian Rural Household Economy (ARHE) study. Tshintsha Amakhaya (TA), a passionate collective advocating for land and agrarian livelihoods, commissioned this study as a follow-up to their 2011 research. The appointment of HSRC to undertake this study flows from our recognised expertise in this field and our ability to carry out large-scale research with pro-poor outcomes.

We’re thrilled to lead this effort due to our recognized expertise and commitment to impactful research.
Our goal for the 2023 study is to shed light on the living and working conditions of small farming households and farmworkers in South Africa. We’ll dive into the unique characteristics of these agrarian households and the factors driving their livelihoods. Especially significant is the role of women, who make up a significant portion of the agrarian workforce. Despite gender equity policies, they often face barriers to land, inputs, and outputs. These inequalities also intersect with climate impacts and the effects of Covid-19 in these communities.

To empower Tshintsha Amakhaya our study will combine insights from interviews and surveys across 12 districts. We’ll even compare results with the 2011 findings to track changes over a decade. Additionally, we’ll explore how South African agrarian experiences align with global patterns through country case reviews. TA has formed a research reference group to oversee the project, ensure robust outputs, facilitate access, and share findings within their networks. Stay tuned for valuable insights!