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Rural Development

by Sue Mbaya in 2019

This Scorecard is for:

MEASURING how committed governments are to women’s land rights in each country.

COMPARING how women are confronting their governments about land rights.

LEARNING how women are tackling their land rights issues.

SHARING lessons emerging from...

by Michael Aliber in 2019

13  March

This position paper sketches an approach to improving land redistribution in South Africa in which the broad aim is to use redistribution to create a range of livelihood opportunities, in meaningful numbers, in proportion to the understood need. The approach laid out in the...

by Phillan Zamchiya in 2019

This Working Paper explains the processes by which land, water and other natural resources were seized, and their previous users dispossessed, for the purposes of capital accumulation by Ivanplats platinum mining company in Limpopo, South Africa. The mining firm...

by Phillan Zamchiya in 2018

How have foreign-based investments affected land-based livelihoods for smallholder farmers in Africa? This article seeks to shift debate from an insular macro-economic perspective to a more diverse livelihoods approach, one that is informed by the day-to-day quotidian concerns of the rural...

by Ben Cousins, Farai Mtero, Donna Hornby, Alex Dubb in 2018


Marxist agrarian political economy has tended to focus on accumulation problematics, which were central in classic debates on the Agrarian Question (Byres 1996), which is understandable given the overall dominance of the logic of capital in a capitalist world. Within these debates,...