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Land reform

by Ruth Hall, Ben Cousins in 2017

Agrarian change in South Africa over the past two decades has seen consolidation of the hegemony of large-scale commercial farming and corporate agribusiness within agro-food systems. Constrained domestic demand and growth opportunities elsewhere have driven both farming and agribusiness...

by Emmanuel Sulle in 2017

This paper analyses the configuration of land rights among different users of land at various levels of land administration. It discusses the implementation of Tanzania’s land policy reform. The key rights explored in the paper include the rights of both small-scale producers (farmers and...

by Steven Lawry, Cyrus Samii, Ruth Hall, Aaron Leopold, Donna Hornby, Farai Mtero in 2017

Land property rights interventions increase investment, agricultural productivity and farmer incomes in Latin America and Asia but have weaker effects in Africa. Farmers who have secure land rights can invest in long-term improvements to their farms without worrying that their land will be...

by Ruth Hall in 2017

What does land redistribution look like on the ground? This presentation reflects findings from field research in the Sarah Baartman district of the Eastern Cape. The answer is complex. Three patterns stand out, which can be summarised as: (1) A stymied middle class; (2) Agribusiness cashing in...

by PLAAS in 2017

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape engages in research, post-graduate teaching and supervision, short-course training and policy advocacy in relation to land, agriculture, food systems, natural resources management, social...

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