African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6863

Full Length Research Paper

An empirical assessment of women’s access to land and credit in North West Province, South Africa: A probit analysis

Mukole Kongolo
CENTRUM Católica, Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Calle Daniel Alomía Robles 125 – 129, Los Alamos de Monterrico, Santiago de Surco, Lima 33 – Perú.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 21 December 2011
  •  Published: 31 January 2012



This study investigates women’s access to land and credit in Disobltla, North West Province. Land is an important resource for the survival of rural women. A probit model was used to analyse the factors influencing both access to farming land and credit, based on cross-sectional data collected from a sample of 82 women. The findings show that access to farming land is influenced by variables, the average production of tomatoes per hectare and off-farm income being the main determinants. The variables that were significant determinants of access to credit by female small farmers in the study area were the average tomatoes production per hectare, the type of farming, the average farm income, the labour force used, and the objective of the farmer.


Key words: Female smallholders, access to farmland, access to credit, agricultural development, poverty reduction, North West Province, South Africa.