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Annual Report
by Rebecca Pointer in 2016

The year 2015 was a momentous one for PLAAS. It marked twenty years since the day that PLAAS started off as an organisation with some generous start-up funding from the Ford Foundation. PLAAS started life small - initially it was conceptualised as an academic programme within the School of...

Working Paper 44
by Caroline Skinner, Gareth Haysom in 2016

This paper aims to review what is currently known about the role played by the informal sector in general and informal retailers in particular, in the accessibility of food in South Africa. The review seeks to identify policy relevant research gaps. Drawing on Statistics South Africa data, we...

Working Paper 41
by Margareet Visser in 2016

This state of the knowledge review sets out to identify the main research themes and findings in the literature on labour relations and conditions on Western Cape fruit farms over the past 20 years. The paper also compares if and how farmworker livelihoods have changed since the heyday of...

by Fred Nelson, Emmanuel Sulle , Dilys Roe in 2016

This briefing paper co-published by IIED, Maliasili Initiatives and PLAAS looks at the conservation crisis in Africa and what can be done by donors, NGOs and conservation practitioners and researchers. Conservation in Africa is failing. An upsurge in poaching and wildlife trafficking has made...

Working Paper 40
by Frances Davies in 2016

Little is known about how individual abilities and food security determinants - at the scale of everyday life - connect to formal and informal value chains, and broader urban structural systems in which daily processes are embedded. Structural inequalities in urban systems make it difficult to...