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A Fresh Start for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform?

"This brief shows how existing policies are bifurcated between BEE models for the better off and welfare for the poor. There is now a danger that the two ministries will replicate the dualism of the so-called ‘first’ and ‘second’ economies – an ap...

Management of some Commons in Southern Africa: Implications for Policy

"Profound transformations in communal land tenure systems are taking place in parts of southern Africa that have resulted from decades of interventions, particularly the shrinking of the commonage through capture of extensive tracts of lands by ...

Civil Society and Social Movements: Advocacy for Land and Resource Rights in Africa

"Civil society formations in Africa have historically played an important part in the establishment of organising people in the pursuit of common goals. The majority of Africa’s people reside in rural areas where they derive their livelihoods from...

The Interaction between the Land Redistribution Programme and the Land Market in South Africa: A Perspective on the Willing-Buyer/ Willing-Seller Approach

"In South Africa, the willing-buyer/willing-seller approach is frequently blamed for the fact that the government's redistribution programme has thus far fallen well short of expectations. To what extent is this judgement justified? Moreover, if ...

The Tragic African Commons: A Century of Expropriation, Suppresion and Subversion

"This paper examines the nature of the African commons as a property system; analyses the extent of damage which was inflicted upon it during one hundred years of exploitation, suppression and subversion; explains why, in spite of that damage, th...

Contested Land Tenure Reform in South Africa: The Namaqualand Experience

"The legacy of apartheid land policy in South Africa remains one of the most conspicuous manifestations of past injustices. To correct this legacy, diverse land reform efforts have centred on the constitutional mandate for land restitution, redis...

The Communal Land Rights Act and Women: Does the Act Remedy or Entrench Discrimination and the Distortion of the Customary?

"This paper discusses the likely impact of the Communal Land Rights Act (CLRA) of 2004 on the land rights of rural women. It asks whether the Act is likely to enhance or undermine tenure security, not only for women, but for rural people in genera...

Evaluating Land and Agrarian Reform in South Africa: Land use and Livelihoods

"This paper addresses how land reform can contribute to enhancing land-based livelihoods. The challenge for South Africa’s land and agrarian reform programme is to alleviate the constraints to production and, in so doing, to enhance land-based li...

Evaluating Land and Agrarian Reform in South Africa: Joint Ventures

"Joint ventures (JVs) are an increasingly common feature of the process of land and agrarian reform in South Africa. They involve black people who currently have land rights or who are land reform beneficiaries and will be receiving a government s...

Evaluating Land and Agrarian Reform in South Africa: Municipal Commonage

"This paper compares the performance of the Municipal Commonage Programme of the Department of Land Affairs (DLA) with the objectives stated in the White Paper on South African Land Policy (DLA 1997). This paper will review the extent to which t...

Waking up from the Dream: The Pitfalls of 'Fast-Track' Development on the Wild Coast of South Africa

"The main aim of this study was to explore the issues involved in reconciling the policy objectives of land reform, environmental conservation and the private sector profit-oriented rural development initiative in post apartheid South Africa. Rat...

Land and Agrarian Reform in South Africa: A Status Report, 2004

"The report reviews the achievements and shortcomings of land and agrarian reform in South Africa in the first decade of democracy and provides a description of the status of these initiatives as at 2004. Chapter 1 presents a brief historical back...

Intricacies of Land Restitution in Africa The Case of the Mkambati Community, South Africa

"This study illustrates the benefit of distinguishing between bonding and bridging social capital. It also shows that collective action reinforces bonding social capital, but that to attain large-scale goals commonly requires both bonding and bri...

Trans-boundary Natural Resource Management in Southern Africa: Local, Historical and Livelihood Realities within the Great Limpopo Trans-frontier Conservation Area

"The end of apartheid rule in South Africa, together with the termination of the civil war in Mozambique and the occupation of Namibia by South Africa in the early 1990s, seemed to herald profound changes in international relations within the sout...

Land Redistribution and Poverty Reduction in South Africa: The Livelihood Impacts of Smallholder Agriculture under Land Reform

"The first objective was to develop a comprehensive picture of each project in terms of its membership, its activities and its internal organisation. The second was to situate the projects within their wider context, which included the local commu...

Status Report on Land and Agricultural Policy in South Africa, 2010

"Agriculture plays numerous roles in society. The most obvious is to produce food (and, to a lesser extent, fibre). While agriculture is the mainstay of the rural economy, it also shapes social relations and landscapes. In some countries, this is ...

Comment Faire du POAS un Outil d’aide à la Décision pour une Gestion Concertée de l’Espace Rural ? Analyse à Partir du cas de Ndiébène Gandiole, Sénégal / How to Make the POAS a Support Tool for Concerted Decision Management for Rural Areas? From the Anal

"The Senegalese Land Use and Allocation Plan (POAS) was first implemented in the 1990s, and is now widely implemented throughout Senegal, particularly in the rural community of Ndiébène Gandiole, despite no objective evaluation having been underta...

Replacer l’Agriculture au Coeur des Politiques de Développement / Putting Agriculture at the Heart of Development Policies

"In the context of segmentation of family farms, the government should: (i)solve structural issues related to land management by allowing actors operating land to be secured through the acquisition of real property rights; (ii) ensure that the lim...

Note d’Alerte sur les Transactions Foncières à Grande échelle au Sénégal / Warning Note on Large Scale Land Transactions in Senegal

"The food crisis of 2008 sparked the continued rise, combined with high volatility, of world prices of cereals and other foodstuffs. At the same time, world production of major food commodities and the level of global stocks have experienced a maj...

Cadre d’Analyse de la Gouvernance Foncière au Sénégal (CAGF) / Analytical Framework for Land Management in Senegal (CAGF)

"The analytical framework for land management (CAGF) is a diagnostic tool that allows for the assessment of a country’s land management policies. The CAGF is a participatory process that was implemented in Senegal in October 2012 and that is expec...

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