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  • 45% of black South Africans want land 

    Hall, Ruth; Dubb, Alex (Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2013)
    A comprehensive study of the demand for land carried out in 2005/6 reveals that one third of black South Africans want access to land for food production, and another 12% want land for a variety of other reasons (Aliber ...
  • Africa's land rush: rural livelihoods and agrarian change 

    Hall, Ruth; Scoones, Ian; Tsikata, Dzodzi (James Currey, 2015)
    This book is 'the most historically grounded, lucid and nuanced understanding to date of the complex political economy of the contemporary rush for land in Africa' according to Professor Adebayo Olukoshi, Director of of ...
  • Agricultural investment, gender and land in Africa: Towards inclusive equitable and socially responsible investment 

    Hall, Ruth; Osorio, Martha (Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2014)
    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations; the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa; the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC); ...
  • Another countryside? Policy options for land and agrarian reform in South Africa 

    Hall, Ruth (Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2009)
    Land reform in South Africa is a political project that has foundered. For years, the process has been variously described as being ‘in crisis’, ‘at a crossroads’, ‘at an impasse’ or simply ’stuck’. This still seems as ...
  • Another countryside? Policy options for land and agrarian reform in South Africa 

    Aliber, Michael; Andrews, Mercia; Baiphethi, Mompati; Cliffe, Lionel; Hall, Ruth; Jacobs, Peter; Jara, Mazibuko; Kleinbooi, Karin; Lahiff, Edward; Zamchiya, Phillan (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2009)
    Land reform in South Africa is a political project that has foundered. For years, the process has been variously described as being ‘in crisis’, ‘at a crossroads’, ‘at an impasse’ or simply ’stuck’. This still seems as ...
  • Beyond the 'problem' narrative: Towards an agenda for improved policy and practice in land reform 

    Hall, Ruth (2013)
    The ‘problem’ narrative •Land reform is too slow: it must be speeded up and better ways found of acquiring land at reasonable cost •Land reform beneficiaries are not productive enough: they must be ‘disciplined’ or land ...
  • Budgeting for land reform 

    Hall, Ruth; Lahiff, Edward (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2004)
    The primary purpose of land reform in South Africa is to redistribute agricultural and other land in order to address the racially skewed pattern of landholding and promote development. Slow progress in land reform over ...
  • The case for re-strategising spending priorities to support small-scale farmers in South Africa 

    Hall, Ruth; Aliber, Michael (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2010-04)
    This paper summarises what is known about South Africa’s public expenditure trends in respect of small-scale farmers, and discusses the growing contradictions between the policy priority placed on small-scale farming and ...
  • Comments on the Green Paper on land reform 2011 

    du Toit, Andries; Cousins, Ben; Hall, Ruth; Kleinbooi, Karin; Paradza, Gayno; Ukpabi, Obiozo (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2011)
    As we have indicated in our earlier press release, the document released as a Green Paper by the Department Ministry of Rural Development and Land Reform is a great disappointment. The Green Paper is the product of a ...
  • Commercial farming and agribusiness in South Africa and their changing roles in Africa’s agro-food system 

    Hall, Ruth; Cousins, Ben (Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2015)
    Our paper is on commercial farming and agribusiness in South Africa and their changing roles in Africa’s agro-food system, as a response to debates and theoretical propositions about internal agrarian change in BRICS ...
  • Commercialisation of land and ‘land grabbing’ in Southern Africa: Implications for land rights and rural livelihoods 

    Hall, Ruth (2015)
    This project is conceived as a response to widespread concerns about the ‘land grab’ phenomenon in sub-Saharan Africa, and the dearth of grounded studies to understand how these deals are structured, who facilitates them, ...
  • Creating learning and action space in South Africa’s post-apartheid land redistribution program 

    Kepe, Thembela; Hall, Ruth (SAGE Publications, 2017)
    This paper uses the case of South Africa’s latest land redistribution strategy known as the Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy, to explore whether, and how, research can have direct and positive impacts on beneficiaries ...
  • Development of evidence-based policy around small-scale farming 

    Aliber, Michael; Hall, Ruth (Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2015)
    How to support small-scale and larger commercial farmers, and to make sure that they are productive and contribute effectively to the rural economy and to national food security.
  • Elite capture and state neglect: new evidence on South Africa’s land reform 

    Hall, Ruth; Kepe, Thembela (Taylor & Francis, 2017)
    The most recent incarnation of South Africa’s land reform is a model of state purchase of farms to be provided on leasehold, rather than transferring title. This briefing presents headline findings from our field research ...
  • Elite capture and state neglect: new evidence on South Africa’s land reform 

    Hall, Ruth; Kepe, Thembela (Routledge, 2017)
    South Africa’s land reform is in flux – and, arguably, in crisis. We argue here that the widespread criticism of its slow pace fails to capture the extent of this crisis. Our argument follows from that of Lionel Cliffe ...
  • Emancipatory rural politics: confronting authoritarian populism 

    Scoones, Ian; Edelman, Marc; Borras Jr., Saturnino M.; Hall, Ruth; Wolford, Wendy; White, Ben (Taylor & Francis, 2016)
    A new political moment is underway. Although there are significant differences in how this is constituted in different places, one manifestation of the new moment is the rise of distinct forms of authoritarian populism. ...
  • Exporting contradictions: the expansion of South African agrarian capital within Africa 

    Hall, Ruth; Cousins, Ben (Taylor & Francis, 2017)
    Agrarian change in South Africa over the past two decades has seen consolidation of the hegemony of large-scale commercial farming and corporate agribusiness within agro-food systems. Constrained domestic demand and growth ...
  • Expropriation Bill of 2015 

    Hall, Ruth (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2015)
    The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is a constituent unit of the School of Government at the University of the Western Cape. PLAAS engages in research, training, policy development and advocacy ...
  • Extension of Security of Tenure Bill of 2015 

    Hall, Ruth (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2016)
    The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) welcomes the initiative to amend the Extension of Security of Tenure Act, 62 of 1997. PLAAS is a constituent unit of the School of Government at the University ...
  • Farm tenure 

    Hall, Ruth (Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2003)
    Farm dwellers are among the poorest South Africans. Most have access to residential land only. A minority has access to grazing land for their livestock or to arable land for cultivation, in return for which they may be ...