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A History of Smallholders, States and Business

In the global debates on the modes of farming, including irrigated farming, that are viable for the majority of rural people, three models prevail: (i) smallholder family farming; (ii) farming led by...


State, corporate and chiefly power is being contested from below in South Africa

What is the transformative potential that emerges from these struggles around land? Just a month ago, Jacob Zuma was president of South Africa. An authoritarian patriarch implicated in large-scale...