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The cotton farming pipeline of Malawi and South Africa: Management implications

J. P. Grundling, L. Steynberg
Acta Commercii | Vol 8, No 1 | a65 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v8i1.65 | © 2008 J. P. Grundling, L. Steynberg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 December 2008 | Published: 05 December 2008

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J. P. Grundling, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
L. Steynberg, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

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Abstract

Purpose of the study: The purpose this paper is to identify and describe the characteristics and influences of the cotton farming pipeline in Malawi and South Africa.

Problem investigated: A broad based approach was followed to investigate the cotton farming pipeline to identify the major driving forces of the cotton pipeline in each of the respective countries.

Research approach: A qualitative field research approach was followed to compile data on cotton farming in Malawi and South Africa. Data was compiled upstream from input suppliers, downstream from ginners, cotton transport conveyors, cotton marketing managers and agricultural government officials as well as from farmers and agricultural organizations.

Findings: In Malawi a family farming model is followed versus an industrial model of production in South Africa. Despite the differences in approach, the farmers in both countries are faced with similar problems. In this regard, an urgent rethinking of the technological conditions of production and the possibilities of technological change is needed.

Recommendations: The research proposes that these countries can benefit from establishing institutions like agricultural co-operatives and mechanisms like the development of a free traffic mechanism of seed-cotton.

Conclusion: The present research may assist in developing first layer managerial recommendations that could enhance the sustainability and co-existence of cotton farming in the two countries.


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