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PLAAS VACANCY: Project Evaluation Consultant

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape is currently seeking a Project Evaluation Consultant. The Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa is currently seeking an external consultant (s) to  the evaluate the project: Privatisation of Customary Land and Implications for…
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January 23, 2023
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Online Public Lecture: A Smart Food System or More ‘Misconfigured Innovations’?

Event: Online Public Lecture Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Time: 5:00-6:30pm CET, 6:00-7:30pm CAT Dr. Alistair Fraser, Maynooth University, Ireland Dreamlike visions of an intelligent, automated food system are widespread today. A vast eco-system of start-ups, along with numerous academic research teams, draws on and informs data reserves held by corporate giants while generating these so-called ‘innovations’ – and all…
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January 18, 2023
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PLAAS Hosts a National Policy Dialogue on Women’s Land Rights in Zambia

LUSAKA, 19 DECEMBER 2022. The Institute for Poverty, Land, and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)  continues to disseminate findings from its research on the privatisation of customary land and its implications for women's land rights in Southern Africa.  This action research aims to provide rural women, policymakers, and civil society organisations with the capacity, evidence, and platforms needed to promote policy formulation…
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December 21, 2022
PLAAS Hosts a National Policy Dialogue on Women’s Land Rights in Zimbabwe
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PLAAS Hosts a National Policy Dialogue on Women’s Land Rights in Zimbabwe

HARARE, 06 DECEMBER 2022. The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), in collaboration with the Platform for Youth and Community Development (PYCD), held a policy dialogue in Zimbabwe on 2nd December 2022 to disseminate research findings from the project, ‘The privatisation of customary land and its implications for women’s tenure security and livelihoods,’ which was launched in December…
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December 9, 2022
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…
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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".…
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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