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Call for applications: JPS Summer 2020 Writeshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism

Journal of Peasant Studies 2nd Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism 2020 Call for Applications The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS), College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of China Agricultural University (Beijing), Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape (PLAAS), Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA), Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC), and…
Esté Beerwinkel
January 21, 2020
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PLAAS Special Seminar: International World Fisheries Day, 21 November

PLAAS is hosted a special seminar on 21 November 2019 to celebrate International World Fisheries Day. Speakers explored the topic “Is there space for small-scale fisheries in the Blue Economy?”. Presenters Sabelo Mzileni, Kwa-Zulu Natal fisherman and deputy chair of Coastal Links KZN Elyse Mills, PhD student at Institute of Social Studies in the Hague and visiting scholar at PLAAS…
Esté Beerwinkel
November 12, 2019
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Land reform, accumulation and social reproduction – Public lecture by Prof. Ben Cousins

Land reform, accumulation and social reproduction: The South African experience in global and historical perspective   Public lecture, Cape Town, 28 October 2019 Prof. Ben Cousins   Land reform in post-apartheid South Africa has promised sweet satisfaction: justice, redress, repossession of stolen land and, for some at least, real opportunities for enhanced incomes and livelihoods within a restructured and dynamic…
PLAAS
October 29, 2019
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PLAAS Seminar: The conditions of health when health is conditional

The conditions of health when health is conditional The state of health for women farm workers and dwellers in Rawsonville, a case study by Women on Farms Project. Presenter: Rebecca Mort Women’s Health and Empowerment Programme Coordinator Women on Farms Project Women who live and work on farms exist at the intersections of various conditions that debilitate their health rights.…
Esté Beerwinkel
October 21, 2019
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Farewell public lecture by Prof. Ben Cousins: Land reform, accumulation and social reproduction

Land reform, accumulation and social reproduction: The South African experience in global and historical perspective When: Monday, 28 October 2019 from 18h00 to 20h00 Where: Novalis Ubuntu Institute, 39 Rosmead Avenue, Wynberg Rsvp via email to: jvandieman@plaas.org.za by 23 October 2019 Programme Director – Adv. Tembeka Ngcukaitobi Professor Tyrone Pretorius, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape (UWC), invites…
Esté Beerwinkel
October 21, 2019
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Minimum wage ‘not enough’ say farm workers

Words by Mologadi Makwela Farm workers attending the Future of Farmworkers conference, currently underway at the University of the Western Cape, were very vocal about their dissatisfaction with the minimum wage of R18 per hour for their labour that came into effect on January 1 this year. While the wage agreement was seen as a triumph by some politicians and…
PLAAS
October 17, 2019
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PLAAS joins Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa as a special node

How do we solve Africa’s land predicament? This a question the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) aims to answer through its collaboration with the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA). In recognition of PLAAS’s contribution as a knowledge and training leader in the area of land governance and its years of engagement in promoting NELGA,…
Esté Beerwinkel
October 10, 2019
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PLAAS Seminar: Expanding small-scale sugarcane production under crisis conditions in the South African sugar industry

The big opportunity to expand small-scale sugarcane production under crisis conditions in the South African sugar industry   Presenter: Alex Dubb Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), PhD Student The current crisis in the sugar industry provides an opportunity to protect and expand small-scale sugarcane production with regulatory reform and pro-poor land redistribution – potentially providing 13,000-60,000 minimum wage equivalents in…
Esté Beerwinkel
October 10, 2019
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Not-so-super supermarkets: Corporate retailers are killing off the spaza shop economy

A new report on retail competition in the informal sector casts light on structural changes that have contributed to the particular forms of xenophobic violence in townships in recent years. The report, produced by the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation NPC (SLF), the Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS) and the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), is based on…
PLAAS
October 4, 2019