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Nkanyiso Gumede


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Nkanyiso Gumede joined PLAAS in March 2016. He holds a Masters degree in Agriculture (Food Security); a Post-Graduate Diploma in Information Studies; and a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Microbiology and Plant Pathology, all obtained at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

Before joining PLAAS, he worked as an educator for Agricultural Sciences at Bizimali Secondary School in KwaZulu-Natal. He also had an opportunity to work as the Agricultural Facilitator for LIMA Rural Development Foundation under the Abalimi Phambili Project on a contract. He worked with smallholder farmers assisting them with inputs linkages, technical support and market linkages amongst other things.

He has done work on the impact of agricultural investments on the land rights and livelihoods of the smallholder farmers in the communal areas in South Africa. His current research is on the nature and character of land redistribution in South Africa. He is also a registered MPhil student on Land and Agrarian studies.

Research Focus

Communal land rights, land reform, large scale investments in communal areas


  • Master of Agriculture (Food Security) – University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Information Studies – University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Bachelor of Science – University of KwaZulu-Natal