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by Ruth Hall, PLAAS in 2016

We welcome the initiative to amend ESTA, in view of the widespread violations of this law, as well as loopholes in its procedural requirements and weak framing of substantive rights. However, as we will explain, we disagree that the Bill in its current form lives up to the promise of...

Zimbabwe policy brief 43
by Prosper B. Matondi, Clemence T. Nhlizivo in 2015

Zimbabwe’s fast-track land reform from 2000 onward yielded significant land transfers, but led the country to face debilitating production challenges and lack of investment in agriculture. Since then, Zimbabwe has not crafted a land policy, and depends on a raft of existing land laws (such as...

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by Phillan Zamchiya , Joseph Gausi in 2015

This study investigates the processes and impact of commercialisation of land in Malawi – specifically the acquisition of huge tracts of communal lands by foreign companies and local elites for sugarcane production in Nkhotakota and Chikwawa districts. The main finding was that ‘land grabbing’...

FAC Working Paper 132
by Helen Dancer, Dzodzi Tsikata in 2015

This paper offers critical reflections on the concepts, issues and methods that are important for integrating a gender perspective into mainstream research and policy-making on land and agricultural commercialisation in Africa. It forms part of the Land and Agricultural Commercialisation in...

Namibia Policy Brief 42
by Theodor Muduva, Legal Assistance Centre in 2015

This policy brief describes a long-standing grazing dispute in Western Kavango Region in northern Namibia that provides critical lessons on the challenges that people living in communal areas face to secure their land rights. In this case, several large livestock owners illegally enclosed...