Joint ventures in agriculture: Lessons from land reform projects in South Africa

March 2012
Edward Lahiff, Nerhene Davis and Tshililo Manenzhe (IIED/IFAD/FAO/PLAAS)

Inclusive business models have attracted renewed interest as part of wider debates about growing agricultural investment in developing countries. Report discusses joint ventures in South Africa’s agricultural sector. The South African experience features major specificities linked to the country’s history and recent land reform programme. Land reform beneficiaries entered into a range of joint ventures with commercial partners. Provides a cautionary tale for international debates about inclusive business models, while also identifying more promising models that are now starting to emerge.