Recent Submissions

  • Rethinking food security Agro-food systems change and the Right to Food in Southern Africa (Malawi) 

    Joala, Refiloe; Chadza, William; Mable, Patrick; Kumwembe, Gracewell; Kambwiri, Alfred (Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2019)
    This information resource serves as a practical guide aimed at state officials and policymakers on the right to food and critical perspectives on changing agro-food systems within the context of climate change. It does so ...
  • At the crossroads: Land and agrarian reform in South Africa into the 21st century 

    Cousins, Ben; Emmett, Natashiá; Campbell, Rosie; Heyns, Stephen (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 1999)
    The land sector has always been characterised by lively and public arguments over policy, and some of the central and recurring themes of the previous five years of debate were expected to surface at the conference. ...
  • Contested resources: Challenges to the governance of natural resources in Southern Africa 

    Benjaminsen, Tor Arve; Cousins, Ben; Thompson, Lisa; Campbell, Rosie; Heyns, Stephen (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2002)
    In this keynote address I wish to identify some important ideas and conclusions arising out of recent analyses of theory and practice on natural resource management. I use these in a preliminary attempt to argue that ...
  • Decentralised land governance: Case studies and local voices from Botswana, Madagascar and Mozambique 

    Kleinbooi, Karin; de Satgé, Rick; Tanner, Christopher (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2011)
    Decentralisation has been on the Southern African development agenda for a long time. It is a concept which appears deceptively simple. The principle of subsidiarity holds that decision making about local development ...
  • Smallholders and agro-food value chains in South Africa: Emerging practices, emerging challenges 

    Aliber, Michael; Armour, Jack; Chikazunga, Davison; Cousins, Ben; Davis, Nerhene; Greenberg, Stephen; Khumalo, Lusito D; Lewis, Marc; Louw, Andre; Nkomo, Mandla; Paradza, Gaynor (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2013)
    A key emerging strand in the development of smallholder agriculture in South Africa is the effort to integrate smallholders into corporate food retail value chains. In this, the private sector and government have a ...
  • 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 ...
  • Large-scale land deals in Southern Africa: Voices of the people 

    Hall, Ruth; Gausi, Joseph; Matondi, Prosper; Muduva, Theodor; Nhancale, Camilo; Phiri, Dimuna; Zamchiya, Phillan (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2015)
    This book of case studies addresses situations in which commercial projects are planned on land held by rural communities. These include big farming projects by foreign and local companies, farmers becoming out-growers selling ...
  • Changing agro-food systems: The impact of big agro-investors on food rights: Case studies in Mozambique and Zambia 

    Joala, Refiloe; Zamchiya, Phillan; Ntauazi, Clemente; Musole, Patrick; Katebe, Ceasar (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2016)
    This book presents case studies that offer some insights into the rapid process of change underway in African agro-food systems, and in Southern Africa in particular, within the context of land-based and agricultural ...
  • Sistemas agroalimentares em mutação O impacto dos grandes agroinvestidores sobre o direito à alimentação: Estudos de caso em Moçambique 

    Joala, Refiloe; Zamchiya, Phillan; Ntauazi, Clemente; Musole, Patrick; Katebe, Ceasar (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2016)
    Este livro apresenta casos de estudo que oferecem algumas perspectivas do rápido processo de mudança em curso nos sistemas agro-alimentares africanos, e na África Austral em particular, no contexto dos investimentos ...
  • Review of land reforms in Southern Africa 

    Kleinbooi, Karin (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2010)
    Land, and access to land, is one of the most important assets for the poor in southern Africa, both rural and urban, and probably contributes more than any other factor to their economic survival and the quality of ...
  • Joint ventures in agriculture: Lessons from land reform projects in South Africa 

    Lahiff, Edward; Davis, Nerhene; Manenzhe, Tshililo (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2012)
    Recent years have witnessed renewed interest in ‘inclusive business models’ in agriculture, as part of wider discussions about growing agricultural investment in lower income countries. Inclusive models aim to include ...
  • Securing land and resource rights in Africa: Pan-African perspectives 

    Alinon, Koffi; Ayeb, Habib; Claassens, Aninka; Cousins, Ben; Greenberg, Stephen; Ismail, Abdel Mawla; Kameri-Mbote, Patricia; Marongwe, Nelson; Simo, John Mope; Ng’ong’ola, Clement; Odhiambo, Michael; Omoweh, Daniel; Ouédraogo, Hubert; Saruchera, Munyaradzi; Tawfic, Rawia; Wanjala, Smokin (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2004)
    Across the African continent the land and resource rights of the rural poor are threatened by inappropriate policies and institutions (including global treaties); unequal social, political and economic relations; the ...
  • Small-scale fisheries (SSF) policy: A handbook for fishing communities 

    Masifundise Development Trust; Too Big to Ignore (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2014)
    The Marine Living Resources Act, 18 of 1998 (MLRA), excluded smallscale and artisanal fishers who catch and sell fish to sustain livelihoods. Furthermore, it also excluded those involved in post harvesting and other activities ...
  • Rangelands at equilibrium and non-equilibrium recent developments in the debate around rangeland ecology and management 

    Bayer, Wolfgang; Hahn, Brian; Hiernaux, Pierre; Hoffman, Timm; Illius, Andrew; Kerven, Carol; O’Connor, Tim; Richardson, David; Sandford, Stephen; Vetter, Susanne; Ward, David; Waters-Bayer, Ann (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2003)
    The debate on equilibrium vs non-equilibrium dynamics in pastoral systems emerged in the early 1980s, when economists, ecologists and social scientists began to challenge the widespread claims of overgrazing and degradation ...
  • Farm workers and farm dwellers in Limpopo, South Africa: Struggles over tenure, livelihoods and justice 

    Wisborg, Poul; Hall, Ruth; Shirinda, Shirhami; Zamchiya, Phillan (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2013)
    In the late 1990s land and agrarian issues remained a barrier to the enjoyment of human rights and justice for millions of South Africans. With funding from the Norwegian government, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights ...
  • Bringing marginalised livelihoods into focus, 2008-2011 

    Poniter, Rebecca (Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2012)
  • Annual report 2000 

    PLAAS (Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2001)
    The Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) focuses on the land restitution and redistribution programmes initiated by the post-apartheid democratic state; land tenure reform; emerging regimes of natural resource ...
  • Annual report 2001 

    PLAAS (Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2002)
    PLAAS continues to grow and to take on new projects and staff. This presents a number of challenges, not least of which is the sustainability of such growth. The year 2001 saw the completion of a twelve month-long ...
  • Annual report 2002 

    PLAAS (Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2003)
    The year 2002 was an extremely busy one for PLAAS staff, and saw the initiation of many new projects and activities, some of them qualitatively different to anything undertaken before. These included an in-depth, national ...
  • Annual report 2003 

    PLAAS (Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 2004)
    Applied social science researchers generally want to see their research influence policy and practice; those of a more activist bent seek to ‘change the world, not simply to interpret it’.1 In its mission statement ...

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