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.

Research Areas

Overview

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...

Latest Publication

Gender implications of agricultural commercialisation

FAC Working Paper 118

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...

Upcoming Events

Land Grabbing: Perspectives from East and Southeast Asia

The Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) is collaborating with several initiatives and institutions to hold an international conference with a regional focus on East and Southeast Asia, with emphasis...

News

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...