Annual report 2014
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Very often, in our work at PLAAS, we encounter two common misunderstandings about what it is that we do and why it is important. One common misunderstanding is that we are some sort of technical agricultural education institute, concerned in a general way with improving the productivity of small farmers or supporting processes of rural modernisation. Another is that we are concerned with rural issues, narrowly conceived – addressing the ‘injustices of the past’, or the land rights of distant and isolated rural communities: commercial land-owners versus farm tenants, for example, or ‘traditional leaders’ and people living on communal land. Issues, in other words, that are not of direct relevance to the modern, urban world of Southern Africa’s cities and rapidly changing economies.