The changing environment: Efficiency, vulnerability and changes in land use in the South African Karoo, 2012–2014

The effects of climate change, close to home, in the Karoo region is the focus of this presentation. In the work presented, Conradie et al. show how to measure climate effects for the Karoo farming community using survey data between 2012 and 2014. A novel method of linking climate effects to stochastic production frontier modelling is demonstrated. By sharing some of the farmers’ stories it is possible to visualise the implications of one of the findings: productivity decline of up to 50%. With these insights, the implications of farm efficiency for land reform policy are discussed. Strategies to mitigate climate effects are discussed and shown to conflicting with land reform.


Presenter: Jed Stephens

Jed , is a Masters of Science student in the Department of Statistical Sciences. He has completed research with the CSSR and iCWild on the Khayelitsha Rodent Study (KRS) between 2017 and 2018. His current research is about the Karoo region in particular farm productivity (with Professor Beatrice Conradie) and predators (jointly with Professor Nicoli Nattrass and Conradie). In 2019 he collaborated on three journal articles in the CSSR: all now published

Date: Tuesday,19 November 2019

Time: 12:50 -14:00 (lunch will be served from 12:30)

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 -
12:50 to 14:00

CSSR Seminar Room 4.29 Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus

Contact Information:

Tel: 021 650 4656