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Bringing Marginalised Livelihoods into Focus, 2008-2011

by Rebecca Pointer in 2012
Bringing Marginalised Livelihoods into Focus, 2008-2011

This report covers a period in which PLAAS sought to clarify and consolidate its vision, and elaborate an agenda for research, policymaking, teaching and training that emphasises the centrality of the dynamics of chronic poverty and structural inequality in South Africa. The particular emphasis is on understanding how the workings of agro-food systems can either perpetuate structural poverty and marginalisation — or alleviate it. Within this broad field of investigation, our work focuses on the dynamics of marginalised livelihoods in agro-food systems; particularly livelihoods which are vulnerable, structurally excluded or adversely incorporated: those of farm workers, small and subsistence farmers, artisanal fishers and fishing communities, and the informally self-employed, in urban and in rural contexts.