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

Changes in South Africa’s global agricultural trade regime, 1996–2013

Working Paper 31

This paper presents an examination of the major trends in South African international trade in agricultural products between the years 1996 and 2013. The analysis covers three broad areas: (1) the...

Upcoming Events

Launch: The Oxford Companion to the Economics of South Africa

The Oxford Companion to the Economics of South Africa
Edited by Haroon Bhorat, Alan Hirsch, Ravi Kanbur and Mthuli Ncube 52 entries by leading economists from within and working on South Africa bringing together perspectives on a range of issues: micro...

News

Making markets: Zimbabwe's local economic development following land reform

We've just launched a new series of films on the relationships between land reform and economic activity in Zimbabwe, focusing on three commodities: tobacco, beef and horticulture. The films...