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.
Gender implications of agricultural commercialisation
Since the global food crisis of 2008, the Tanzanian government, amongst other African governments, has made food security through increases in agricultural productivity a policy priority. The...
Land Grabbing: Perspectives from East and Southeast Asia
Zimbabwe’s new agricultural entrepreneurs I: pig production
This article links to our work on Space, Markets Employment and Agricultural Development in Zimbabwe that we have shared before – particularly...