IMPLICATIONS FOR THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR OF A GREEN ECONOMY TRANSITION IN THE WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA: A SYSTEM DYNAMICS MODELLING APPROACH TO FOOD CROP PRODUCTION

Jacobus Bosman Smit Van Niekerk, A.C. Brent, Josephine Kaviti Musango, Imke Hanlu De Kock

Abstract


The Western Cape Provincial government in South Africa has introduced a green economy framework, ‘Green is Smart’, to create a more sustainable economy. This framework stipulates plans for the Western Cape Province to implement more sustainable farming practices for food crop production. While sustainable farming practices will have benefits for the environment, they will also impact food crop production and will require financial investments from stakeholders. To comprehend fully the problem at hand, and to understand better the implications of a green economy transition for the food crop production system, system dynamics modelling was undertaken. The model’s findings highlight that sustainable farming practices will only be financially and environmentally viable if they match the yields of conventional farming practices. 


Keywords


Green economy; system dynamics; food crops; agriculture Western Cape Province; South Africa.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7166/28-1-1611

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