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Tackling 'the most avoided issue': communal rangeland management in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Democratisation in 1994 resulted in a shift in state focus from white commercial farmers to small-scale and subsistence black farmers living in communal areas in South Africa. The LandCare Program of the National Department of Agriculture aimed to improve productivity at the same time as promoting sustainable land-use practices. However, agriculture officials have remained reluctant to tackle communal rangeland management.

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