Our research covers diverse areas, ranging from land and tenure reform, land investment and agro-food restructuring, fisheries and ecosystem management, to social protection and informal self employment. In all this work, our key focus is on the causes and dynamics of inequality and structural poverty, on the economic and social agency of poor...
Welcome to PLAAS
PLAAS does research, policy engagement, teaching and training about the dynamics of chronic poverty and structural inequality in Southern Africa, with a particular emphasis on the key role of restructuring and contesting land holding and agro-food systems in the subcontinent and beyond. Our focus is on the analysis of marginalised livelihoods in Southern Africa, especially of subsistence and smallholder farmers and farm workers, of coastal and inland artisanal fisheries and fishing communities; and of informal self employment in rural and urban areas.
Space, Markets and Employment in South Africa's Agricultural Development
There is currently little evidence of a positive relationship between agriculture, agricultural development and employment or poverty outcomes in South Africa. On the contrary, the general...
Chiefs in South Africa and Ghana: Comparative perspectives
Govt needs to do more to assert small-scale fishermen's rights
Associate Professor Moenieba Isaacs from the Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies addressed the issue of small-scale fisheries and crime in South Africa's fishing industry.