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SDGs 1, 2 and 5 Actualisation in the Age of Ultra-Capitalism: Likely Roles of State Intervention in South Africa

Lere Amusan


There is poverty in the land, there is hunger in the midst of plenty, and women and girls continue to be object of victimisation, rejection and poverty. Going by these attributes South Africa is believed to have been out of sustainable development challenges by many students of development studies compare with other African states. Through apartheid regimes that left a deep cut in the mind of South Africans, issue of means of food production remains a contested one. Land distribution is fraught with corruption, which perpetuate landlessness among the poor. The paper concludes that without stimulus packages from national government, issues of gender problems, food and hunger crises may remain within the country, with special attention on rural areas, for a long time. To examine these trio issues (hunger, poverty and gender inequality), the paper adopts embedded liberal theory and draws largely from secondary data. The paper focusses on rural dwellers, ‘the wretched of the earth’ and the group of people that are mostly ignored by every state’s development agenda.


South Africa, Embedded liberalism, Women, Food Security.

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