Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 390

Full Length Research Paper

Social networks and rural non-farm enterprise development and implication for poverty reduction among rural households in Zimbabwe

  Zuwarimwe J.1* and Kirsten2  
  1Center for Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation, University of Venda, South Africa. 2Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 25 February 2011
  •  Published: 30 June 2011



Poverty remains a greatest challenge for the rural households of the sub Saharan Africa and a number of interventions are proposed to alleviate poverty. Rural non-farm enterprises are seen as a possible partner to farm enterprises to reduce poverty as there are robust production linkages between the two. On the other hand social networks have been seen to play an important role in the development of small-scale rural non-farm enterprises. This paper explores the social networks and small-scale rural non-farm enterprises development nexus implications to poverty reduction and then suggests possible policy implications.


Key words: Social capital, social networks, non-farm enterprises, poverty reduction.