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The Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness is one of the nine (9) departments and an institute constituting the School of Agriculture at the University of Venda. It was established in 1995 offering a four (4) year BSc Agric (Econ) degree programme. Its first cohort of graduates was in 1998. Post graduate programmes in the department include MSc Agric Economics and a PhD in Agricultural Economics. In addition the Department assists in supervising students from the Institute for Rural Development with strong bias towards Agricultural Economics and Development. The four (4) year Bachelor of Agribusiness (later restructured to BSc Agric: Agribusiness management) was initiated in 2003 in response to increased demand for agribusiness managers in the region and Southern Africa.

Vision

The Department of Agricultural Economics and agribusiness at the University of Venda seeks to promote tertiary education and human capacity building in the area of agricultural economics, agribusiness and extension in the SADC region in fulfillment of the University’s vision to be at the centre of rural development within the region

Mission

The department strives to provide high quality education and training in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness through excellence in teaching and learning, research and community engagement in response to the development needs of Limpopo province, South Africa and SADC.

Last updated 03 November 2015

Programme/s

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Venda offers two undergraduate programmes, i.e. the BSc Agric Economics and the BSc Agric. Agribusiness Management. While the first is oriented towards addressing production related challenges facing farmers in the region, the latter is more focused on the value add and marketing aspects of the discipline. The two programmes are further merged into the MSc and PhD Agricultural Economics programme.

Last updated 03 November 2015

Below is a list of the modules offered by the department.

CODE NAME OF MODULE (Prerequisite in brackets)
AEC 2541 Introduction to Agricultural Economic Analysis
AEC 2641 Introduction to Marketing of Agricultural Products
AEC 3541 Farm Business Management
AEC 3542 Agricultural Sector Planning and Project Appraisal
AEC 3641 Marketing of Agricultural Products (AEC 2641)
AEC 4541 Agricultural Production Economics (AEC 3541)
AEC 4542 Agricultural Policy in Developing Countries
AEC 4641 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (AEC 2541)
AEC 4642 Markets and Price Analysis (AEC 3541)
AEC4081 Project and Seminar Presentation
AEC 6541 Advanced agricultural Production Economics
AEC 6542 Advanced Agribusiness Management
AEC 6543 Research Methodology
AEC 6641 Advanced agricultural Policy
AEC 6642 Research Project and Seminar
AGM 4081 Project and Seminar Presentation
EXT 2541 Introduction to rural Sociology
EXT 3641 Introduction to agricultural Extension
EXT 5641 Communication and Extension for Rural Development
EXT 6641 Advanced Agricultural Extension Education
AEC 6099 Dissertation
AEC 7099 Thesis

Zwane E and Chauke PK (2015). The influence of Extension Policy in Extension Deliverables in the Agricultural Sector with Reference to the Sub- Saharan Africa. International Journal of Agricultural Extension, 03 (02) 2015. 93-100

Chauke PK (2015).  An assessment of survivalist enterprises in the Capricorn District Municipality. Development Southern Africa , 32(5), 613-622 Chauke PK, Munzhelele R and Maiwashe A (2015). Some Factors Impacting on Street Sellers’ Ability to Generate Above Poverty Line Income in Vhembe District, South Africa: Logistic Regression. Journal of Social Science, 44(1): 8-14 (2015)

Chauke PK, Ramaswiela H and Maiwashe A (2015) ·  Assessment of Factors that Could Influence Preference for Alternate Redress on Restitution Land Claims in Vhembe District, South Africa. Journal of Human Ecology , 49(3):173-17.

Manyise T, Chauke PK ,  Anim FDK,   Pfumayaramba, TK Tichaona , Raidimi EN, Maiwashe A. (2015). Comparative Impact of Public Expenditure on Agricultural Growth: Error Correction Model for South Africa and Zimbabwe. Journal of human Ecology, 50(3):245-251.

Lebese RT, Maputle MS, Mabunda JT and Chauke PK. (2015). Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceptions of Students on Teenage Pregnancy: A Case Study of Rural Based University Students in South Africa. Journal of Human Ecology, 51(1,2):55-65.

Mabunda, J.T Lebese RT ·Maputle MS and Chauke P K (2015). Perceived Risk Behaviours Related to Teenage Pregnancy among University Students in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Journal of Human Ecology, 51(1,2): 66-72.

Chauke P.K; Anim FDK; Pfumayaramba T. K and Nekhavhambe T.D (2014). An Assessment of Factors Affecting Income Generation from Crop Production under Irrigation in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Journal of Human Ecology, 45 (1): 1-6

Anim FDK and Chauke PK (2014). Environmental Degradation Differences among Rural Farming Communities in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Journal of Human Ecology , 46(1): 47-54 (2014)

Chauke, P. K. and Anim, F. D. K. (2013). Predicting Access to Credit By Smallholder Irrigation Farmers: A Logistic Regression Approach. Journal of Human Ecology, 42(3), 195-202

Chauke PK, Nekhavhambe TD and Pfumayaramba TK. (2013). An assessment of support provided to smallholder Irrigation Farmers: A case study of the Vhembe District, South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 8(12): 1077-1085.DOI 10.5892/AJAR12.576.

Chauke PK, Motlhatlhana ML, Pfumayaramba TK and Anim FDK (2013). Factors influencing access to credit: A case study of smallholder farmers in the Capricorn district of South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 8(7): 582-585.DOI 10.5897/AJAR2013.6700

Meliko MO, Chauke PK and Oni SA. (2012). The efficiency of small-scale agriculture in Limpopo province of South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research. Vol 7 (12): 1789-1793. DOI: 10.5897/AJAR10.345. ISSN 1991-637X

Manyise Timothy, Chauke Phineas Khazamula, Anim Francis, Pfumayaramba Tichaona Raidimi Edzisani and Maiwashe Aluwani. (2015). Comparative Impact of Public Expenditure on Agricultural Growth: Error Correction Model for South Africa and Zimbabwe. Journal of Human Ecology. Vol. 50(3): 245-251 (2015).

Anim FDK, Thaba K and Tshikororo M. (2015). Resource use efficiency in Vegetable Production under Irrigation: The case of Marutle Agricultural Cooperative in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Journal of Human Ecology. Vol. 50(1): 11-17 (2015).

R. Mukwevho R and F. D. K. Anim. (2014). Analysis of Factors that Affect Small Scale Farmers in Accessing Markets: a case study of Cabbage Producers in the Vhembe District, Limpopo Province of South Africa. Journal of Human Ecology. Vol. 48(2): 219-225 (2014).

B. Nkonki-Mandleni and F. D. K. Anim. (2014). Determining Factors of Support for Co-Operatives in South Africa. Journal of Human Ecology. Vol. 47(2): 171-174 (2014).

Mthombeni D. L., Anim F. D. K. and Nkonki-Mandleni B. (2014). Factors That Contribute to Vegetable Sales by Hawkers in the Limpopo, Province of South Africa. Journal of Agricultural Science; Vol. 6, No. 8:197-204. ISSN 1916-9752 E-ISSN 1916-9760. Published by Canadian Center of Science and Education.

Anim FDK and Chauke PK. (2014). Environmental Degradation Differences among Rural Farming Communities in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Journal of Human Ecology. Vol. 46(1):47-54.

P.K. Chauke, F.D.K. Anim; T.K. Pfumayaramba and T.D. Nekhavhambe. (2014). An Assessment of Factors Affecting Income Generation from Crop Production under Irrigation in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Journal of Human Ecology, Vol. 45(1): 1-6.

Chauke PK and Anim FDK (2013). Predicting Access to Credit By Smallholder Irrigation Farmers: A Logistic Regression Approach. Journal of Human Ecology, Vol. 42(3):195-202.

P. K. Chauke, M. L. Motlhatlhana, T. K. Pfumayaramba and F. D. K. Anim (2013). Factors influencing access to credit: A case study of smallholder farmers in the Capricorn district of South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 8(7), pp. 582-585.

Anim, FDK and Mandleni, B. (2012). Adoption rate and adoption cost of new technology: economic surplus approach. African Journal of Business Management Vol. 6(32), pp. 9293-9297,15 August, 2012 Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/AJBM DOI: 10.5897/AJBM11.373 ISSN 1993-8233

Mandleni, B and Anim, FDK. (2012). Climate change and adaptation of small-scale cattle and sheep farmers. African Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 7(17), pp. 2639-2646, 5 May, 2012 Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/AJAR DOI: 10.5897/AJAR10.747 ,ISSN 1991-637X ©2012 Academic Journals.

Mandleni, B and Anim, FDK. (2011). Climate change awareness and decision on adaptation measures by livestock farmers. Journal of Agricultural Science, Vol. 3, No.3; pp. 258-268, September 2011.

Anim, FDK (2011). Small-scale maize farmers’ decision to participate in contract farming: implications for integration into the marketing chain. African Journal of Business Management Vol. 5(13), pp. 5065-5069, 4 July, 2011 Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/AJBM ISSN 1993-8233.

Anim, FDK (2011). Factors Affecting Rural Household Farm Labour Supply in Farm Communities. Journal of Human Ecology, Vol. 34(1):23-28 (April, 2011).

Mandleni, B and Anim, FDK. (2011). Perceptions of cattle and sheep farmers on climate change and adaptation. Journal of Human Ecology, Vol. 34(2):107-112 (May, 2011).

Anim, FDK and Mandleni, B. (2011). Factors and risks associated with integrated, conventional and sustainable agribusiness farming. African Journal of Business Management Vol. 5(4), pp. 1124-1128, 18 February, 2011 Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/AJBM ISSN 1993-8233.

Anim, FDK and Mandleni, B. (2010). Effect of social dynamics on technology adoption in urban, sub-urban and rural farming communities in the Limpopo province of South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol.5 (17), pp.2310-2314, September 2010.

Anim, FDK (2010). Effects of extension services of firms offering contract farming: a case study of small scale maize farmers in the Limpopo province of South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol.5 (7), pp. 514-517.

Anim, FDK. (2009). Effects of private extension services on contract farming. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, Vol. 1(15), pp. 403-412. November 2009.

Anim, FDK. (2009). Extension services and contract farming in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, Vol. 1(15), pp. 252-262. November 2009.

Anim, FDK. (2008). On-farm investment under open versus restricted access grazing: The case of small scale farmers in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 46(4), pp 233-243.

Ndou, KS and Anim, FDK (2004), Hedonic price analysis of vegetables in selected areas of the Limpopo province, South Africa Research and Development Quarterly, Vol. 2, Q3, pp 45-52, July-Sept 2004.

Malongane, SR and Anim, FDK (2004), Factors influencing cattle owners willingness-to-pay for government and private veterinary services in selected areas of the Limpopo province, South Africa Research and Development Quarterly, Vol. 2, Q3, pp. 65-73,Jul-Sept 2004.

Anim, FDK. (1999). Organic vegetable farming in rural areas of the Northern Province. Agrekon, Vol 38, No 4 (December 1999): 645-658.

Anim, FDK. (1999). A note on the adoption of soil conservation measures in the Northern Province of South Africa. Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol 50, Number 2, May 1999, pp 336-345.

Anim, FDK. (1998). Land Reform Issues: Comparing South Africa with Other Countries. Journal of Rural Development, Vol.17 (1), pp.115-118 (1998).

Anim, FDK. (1997). Livestock production in rural areas of South Africa. Journal of Rural Development, vol 16:No. (3), pp.415-425 (July-September 1997).

Anim, FDK. (1997). Land Reform Issues: Options for a New South Africa. Journal of Rural Development, Vol 16: No (1), pp.51-65 (January-March 1977).

Anim, FDK and HD van Schalkwyk. (1996). Tenure arrangements and access to credit: the case of small-scale farmers in the Northern Province. Agrekon, Vol 35, No 4 (December 1996):319-325.

Anim, FDK and Lyne MC. (1994). Econometric analysis of private access to communal grazing lands in South Africa: A case Study of Ciskei. Agricultural Systems, Vol 46 (1994): 461-471. Elsevier applied Science Publishers Ltd, Crown House, Linton Road, Barking, Essex IG11 8JU, England.

Anim, FDK and Lyne MC. (1992). The effect of land tenure on commercial livestock production in the Peddie coastal area of the Ciskei. Agrekon, Vol 31 No 4 (December 1992):321-327.

Manyise T, Chauke PK, Anim FK, Pfumayaramba T, Raidimi EN, and Maiwashe A. 2015. Comparative Impact of Public Expenditure on Agricultural Growth: Error Correction Model for South Africa and Zimbabwe. Journal of Human Ecology. 50 (3): 245-251

Maliwichi LL, Pfumayaramba TK, and Katlego T. 2014. An Analysis of Constraints that Affect Smallholder Farmers in the Production of Tomatoes in Ga_Mphahlele, LepelleNkupi Municipality, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Journal of Human Ecology. 47(3): 269-274

Mekuria M, Gatsi T, & Pfumayaramba T. 2001. A Preliminary Assessment of the Performance, Adoption and Economics of Hybrid, Open Pollinated and Recycled Maize Production in Chihota and Zimuto Districts of Zimbabwe. Harare, Zimbabwe: CIMMYT.


Last updated 28th October 2015

The following is a list of staff members in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.

PK Chauke
Position: Associate Professor / Head

Qualifications: BSc Agric (Econs) (UFH), HED (UFH) M.Instagrar (UP), PhD (Univen).

Department: Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Telephone: +27 15 962 9002
Email: Khazamula.Chauke@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture


FDK Anim
Position: Associate Professor

Qualifications: BSc (Agric). BSc Hons (Ghana), MSc Agric (Natal), PhD (UP)

Department: Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Telephone: +27 15 962 9007
Email: Francis.anim@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture


EN Raidimi
Position: Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BSc (Agric)(UFH), MSc Agric (Extension)(Reading, PhD (UP)

Department: Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Telephone: +27 15 962 8307
Email: raidimi@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture


TK Pfumayaramba
Position: Lecturer

Qualifications: BSc (Agric)(Hons)(UZ), MSc (Agric and Applied Economics) (UZ)

Department: Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Telephone: +27 15 962 8712
Email: Ticha.pfumayaramba@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture


A Maiwashe
Position: Teaching Assistant

Qualifications: BSc Agric. (Econ & Agribusiness) (Zululand), MSc Agric (Econs) (Univen). M Tshikororo. BSc Agric .(Econ & Agribusiness) (Zululand)

Department: Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Telephone: +27 15 962 8630
Email: Aluwani.maiwasha@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture



Last updated 20 November 2015