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Rural Development

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 Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative in 2017

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, in partnership with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftug (RLS), is pleased to announce a call for participation in an innovative new venture. This call is open to scholars and activists with a focus on young...

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 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...

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...

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