Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 2(3), pp. 1031-1042 March 2011         
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Full Length Research Paper


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


Zuwarimwe J1*, Kirsten J

1Center for Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation, University of Venda

2HOD and Professor  Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria.

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Received 25 October, 2010; Accepted 08 December, 2010


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-sale 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.


Keywords: Social capital, social networks, non farm enterprises, poverty reduction.