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Rural Development

by David Neves in 2017

This report draws on livelihoods-based analysis, in order to examine rural development, and rural development policy, within South African’s former ‘homeland’ (or ‘bantustan’) communal areas. The report commences by describing the larger context of the former homelands or bantustans, before...

by Ben Cousins in 2017

Land has moved to the centre of political discourse in recent months. At the same time, allegations of state capture by the Gupta family have created a storm of controversy and placed the presidency under immense pressure. Leading politicians from the ruling ANC portray land as a key focus of so...

by David Neves in 2017

Persistent poverty and under-development in South Africa’s former homeland communal areas have been little changed by post-apartheid ‘rural development’ policy. Rural development policy has often been characterised by impulses towards topdown planning, a default assumption that agriculture ought...

by in 2017

BICAS International Conference - New Extractivism, Peasantries and Social Dynamics: Critical Perspectives and Debates
Fourth conference, Moscow, 13-16 October 2017
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by Oxpeckers Reporters in 2017

In Tugela Ferry in central KwaZulu-Natal, 95% of farmers with plots of less than half a hectare are producing crops commercially. Other smallholders sell cattle, sheep and goats raised on communal grazing lands to the ceremonial market. In Venda, Limpopo, permaculture food gardens support...

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