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The 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress Celebrates World Fisheries Day
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The 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress Celebrates World Fisheries Day

This week, various stakeholders gathered in Cape Town for the 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress (4WSFC), to participate in an interactive discussion about the world’s small-scale fisheries and how to sustain its multiple social, economic, and environmental benefits. The gathering of small-scale fishers, activists, academics and others coincided with World Fisheries Day and the International Year for Artisanal Fisheries and…
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November 24, 2022
A Digital Revolution in Agriculture? New Technologies and the Future of the Corporate Food Regime
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PLAAS Academic Seminar – A Digital Revolution in Agriculture? New Technologies and the Future of the Corporate Food Regime

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies  (PLAAS) invites you to an academic seminar titled: “A Digital Revolution in Agriculture? New technologies and the future of the corporate food regime”, which will be presented by Dr. Louisa Prause of the Humboldt University of Berlin. Proponents of the introduction of digital tools in the agri-food sector have suggested that digital…
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November 15, 2022
Climate Change and Rural Livelihoods in South Africa An Agenda for Policy-Oriented Research
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Climate Change and Rural Livelihoods in South Africa: An Agenda for Policy-Oriented Research

This report sketches the outlines of our research agenda on the intersections of climate change, agrarian change, and rural livelihoods. The report marks an important change for us.  For more than twenty-five years we have been documenting the changing nature of rural livelihoods and agrarian relations on this continent, and the transformations wrought by politics, by agricultural commercialisation, value chain…
PLAAS
November 10, 2022
Zimbabwe court victory over land rights may be short-lived
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Zimbabwe court victory over land rights may be short-lived

Despite a significant high court victory, the Kondo community in Chipinge District, Zimbabwe, are still sceptical about their continued access to land because their legal victory from being dispossessed of their land might be short-lived. On 23 June 2022, the High Court of Zimbabwe interdicted the Chipinge Rural District Council (CRDC) from "urbanising Kondo Communal Lands without following due process".…
PLAAS
October 31, 2022
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PLAAS Academic Seminar – Concentration, Competition and the Co-Evolution of Agro-food Capital in South Africa: The Case of the Milling Industry.

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies  (PLAAS) is inviting you to an academic seminar titled Concentration, Competition and the Co-Evolution of Agro-food Capital in South Africa: The Case of the Milling Industry. The seminar will be facilitated by PLAAS senior researcher Dr. Farai Mtero and presented by Dr. Andrew Bowman from the University of Edinburgh, UK. His presentation…
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October 19, 2022
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Global conference slams climate responses – Calls for agrarian justice

By Saturnino M. Borras Jr, Ruth Hall, Sergio Sauer, Sinem Kavak, Annie Shattuck, and Jacobo GrajalesWhile world leaders continue to believe that carbon markets and high-tech solutions will enable us to cope with the climate crisis, the gap widens between agrarian struggles and climate change efforts. Pre-existing agrarian struggles for land and livelihoods are often overlooked in an era of…
PLAAS
October 10, 2022
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CONFERENCE: Climate Change and Agrarian Justice

The Journal of Peasant Studies and partners announces the international online conference on Climate Change and Agrarian Justice Dates: 26-29 September 2022 Time: 13.00 - 15.30 CAT/ CET each day Call for participation Climate change is inextricably entwined with capitalism, but how the relationship between capitalism and climate change plays out in the rural world requires deeper analysis. In particular,…
PLAAS
September 21, 2022
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A Spring School in Political Economy and Political Ecology

The Agrarian Question and Contested Rural Futures in Africa A Spring School in Political Economy and Political Ecology  12-16 September 2022 The Institute for Poverty, Land, and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape is hosting a Spring School on The Agrarian Question and Contested Rural Futures in Africa, in collaboration with the Global South Studies Center…
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September 5, 2022
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Land Conference 2022

The conference took place on 17-19 August 2022 Land Conference 2022 The Failed Promise of Tenure Security. Customary Land Rights and Dispossession. Hosted by Legal Resources Centre, LARC at University of Cape Town, PLAAS at University of Western Cape and SWOP and Wits. Conference Information Twenty-five years after South Africa’s Constitution was adopted the 18 million South Africans living in…
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August 12, 2022
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OPEN LETTER: Violation of African Union and United Nations Standards on Land Governance

Dear Excellencies, the President and Prime Minister, and Honourable Ministers Violation of African Union and United Nations Standards on Land Governance We write in urgent response to the actions taken by your government at Loliondo. We write to you as African experts in the fields of land governance and tenure, natural resource management, economic development, sociology, development studies and political…
PLAAS
June 16, 2022