Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies

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Food Systems

Recent Publications

May 13, 2019 in Featured Publication, Fisheries Publication

Moenieba Isaacs & Emma Witbooi (2019). Fisheries crime, human rights and small-scale fisheries in South Africa. (Marine Policy).

Marine fisheries play an important role in ensuring food security and providing livelihoods in South Africa, as in many other developing coastal States. Transnational fisheries crime seriously undermines these goals. Drawing on empirical research this contribution highlights the complexity of law enforcement at the interface between low-level poaching and organised crime in the small-scale fisheries sector with reference to a…
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April 30, 2019 in Featured Publication, Poverty Publication

Andries du Toit (2019).The Vampire Squid: Value, Crisis and the Power of Finance (Review essay for Development and Change)

Financialisation -- the increasing influence of financial institutions and the creation of financial value in the ordering of social relation -- has been one of the most important dynamics in the seemingly irresistible rise of neoliberal government in world affairs ever since the late 1970s.  The destructive implications of these developments have been increasingly evident in recent years, especially after…
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April 26, 2019 in Agriculture Publication, Featured Publication

Ben Cousins et al (2018) Social reproduction of ‘classes of labour’ in the rural areas of South Africa. (JPS 45:5-6).

Marxist agrarian political economy has focused largely on the problematic of accumulation and its politics, but the dynamics of social reproduction in rural contexts remain somewhat undertheorised. These are explored through consideration of empirical evidence from communal areas and land reform farms in South Africa. Key arguments advanced are that social reproduction in such contexts include the reproduction of distinctive…
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April 26, 2019 in Featured, Featured Publication

Sue Mbaya: Women’s Land Rights in Africa – 2019 Scorecard

Sue Mbaya, an independent research consultant working in the field of women's rights in land, has been working closely with PLAAS's Emmanuel Sulle in a project on Women’s Rights for Inclusive Development and Growth in Africa.   The aim of the project is to hold governments accountable on on the implementation of policies and laws on Women's land Rights monitoring the…
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