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Rural Development

by Ben Cousins in 2018

Smallholder farming has been neglected over the past 23 years of South Africa’s attempt to redistribute land taken away...

by Jeanette Clarke in 2018

This report is one of five studies of opportunities and constraints related to employment creation in rural South Africa, with a view towards informing policy. South African forestry and wood products industries are well established, internationally competitive, and contribute significantly to...

by Ruth Hall in 2018

What is the transformative potential that emerges from these struggles around land?

Just a month ago, Jacob Zuma was president of South Africa. An authoritarian patriarch implicated in large-scale corruption, he had for years effectively rallied political support by invoking populist...

by Ian Scoones, Saturnino Borras, Lyda Fernanda Forero, Ruth Hall, Marc Eldelman, Wendy Wolford, Benjamin White in 2018
Religion, gender dynamics, place and cultural identity – all inform rising authoritarian populism in rural areas, alongside class interests and inequalities. Mobilising alternatives to capture by regressive political forces is not straightforward.
 
Authoritarian populism...
by Barbara van Koppen, Barbara Nompumelelo Tapela, Everisto Mapedza in 2018

In the global debates on the modes of farming, including irrigated farming, that are viable for the majority of rural people, three models prevail: (i) smallholder family farming; (ii) farming led by agribusiness’ capital, technologies, and forward and backward linkages in an estate mode; and (...

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