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Our research covers diverse areas, ranging from land and tenure reform,  land investment and agro-food restructuring, fisheries and ecosystem management, to social protection and informal self employment. In all this work, our key focus is on the causes and dynamics of inequality and structural poverty, on the economic and social agency of poor and marginalised people, and on the implications of these insights for inclusive growth and pro-poor policies. PLAAS is also home to the DST/NRF Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies.


Food Systems


Land, Water & Resource Rights


Farming, Agro-food Systems and Agrarian Reform


Poverty, Inequality and Vulnerability


Natural Resource Management


Social Dimensions of Fisheries & Ecosystem Management