Original Research

An exploration of government administrative processes in supporting agro-smallholders’ access to municipal markets in eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Province

Jabulani C. Nyawo, Betty C. Mubangizi
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 9, No 1 | a528 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v9i1.528 | © 2021 Jabulani C. Nyawo, Betty C. Mubangizi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 February 2021 | Published: 27 October 2021

About the author(s)

Jabulani C. Nyawo, Discipline of Public Governance, School of Management, IT and Governance, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Betty C. Mubangizi, Discipline of Public Governance, School of Management, IT and Governance, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Abstract

Background: The government’s inability to ensure that both the local and the national markets adequately accommodate smallholder producers is inhibiting the sector’s ability to grow and expand.

Aim: This article explored the influence of the governmental administrative processes on agro-smallholders’ ability to access municipal markets.

Setting: The study is based in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), specifically in the eThekwini Municipality. The target population is agricultural (agro-) smallholder producers who are located within the traditional leadership and government officials (KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and eThekwini Municipality).

Methods: A qualitative exploratory research methodology using semi-structured interviews was adopted for this study.

Results: The results showed that the government structures and municipal markets do not provide substantial support to agro-smallholder producers who are seeking access to markets. The results further showed that there is no integration or relationship between the government institutions on the issues related to the promotion and development of agro-smallholder producers.

Conclusion: Through the application of administrative theory, the article posited the recommendations that the government institutions should incorporate stakeholders’ insights, lay a policy foundation for a whole-of-government approach to planning and set the direction for agro-smallholder’s planned future. It is also recommended that the government departments create a single planning and coordination structure or forum that will be beneficial to the smallholder sub-sector and avoid duplication and resource wastage directed to this sub-sector.


Keywords

government; markets; smallholder; integration; coordination

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