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Institutional bricolage to address sustainability challenges in the South African sugarcane industry

A case study of the SUSFARMS® initiative in the Midlands area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
WithJessica Cockburn, Vaughan Koopman, Laura M. Pereira, Jaci van Niekerk

In the context of complex rural development challenges in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, as well as global market demands for more sustainable sugar farming practices, new governance arrangements for sustainable production are emerging in the South African sugar industry. These have taken the form of a management and decision-making tool called SUSFARMS�, and an enabling collaborative governance platform called the SUSFARMS� 2018 Collaboration. Using the lens of institutional bricolage, this chapter critically explores how these new governance arrangements were constructed by drawing on social learning theory and expansive learning methodology. Lessons from this case highlight the importance of collaboration across institutions and scales, and illustrate the critical role of human agency at the local level in bringing about change towards more sustainable agricultural production systems.