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Book Launch

SMAIAS in partnership with PLAAS invites you to the book launch of Capital Penetration and the Peasantry in Southern and Eastern Africa: Neoliberal Restructuring. 

The book is edited by Freedom Mazwi, George T. Mudimu, and Kirk Helliker and is published by Springer Press.

Neoliberal capitalism has diverse impacts on the peasantry. This book presents new research from several countries, showing the peculiarities of capital penetration under neoliberalism over the past few years. Shifting policies on input and output markets have undermined food self-sufficiency as extroverted production gathers momentum at the expense of the production of staple grains for national markets. Additionally, capital penetration driven by neoliberalism has stalled land reforms and led to land concentration, landlessness, and hunger.

The speakers include: 

  • Adventino Banjwa, PhD Fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), Makerere University, Uganda
  • Dr. Yumi Sakata, Research Associate at the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies, Zimbabwe
  • Dr.  Fibian Lukalo, Director of research and advocacy at the National Land Commission in Kenya


Prof. Paris Yeros of the faculties of Economic Sciences, Sciences and Humanities and World Political Economy at the Federal University of ABC in Brazil and editor of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy.

The launch will be moderated by Dr Walter Chambati from the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies. The respondent will be Prof. Ruth Hall of PLAAS and editor of Journal of Peasant Studies

Join us on Thursday 12 May at 15.00 – 16.30 Central African Time

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Start time in other time zones:
Accra: 13:00, Harare: 15:00, Beijing: 21:00, Brasilia: 10:00, Tunis: 14:00, Kingston: 08:00, Dar es Salaam: 16:00, New Delhi: 18:30, Hanoi: 20:00

About The Editors:

Dr Freedom Mazwi holds a doctorate in Development Studies with a specific focus on land and agrarian studies and is the projects manager and researcher at the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies.

Dr George T. Mudimu is a PLAAS postdoctoral fellow at PLAAS and holds a PhD in Public Management (Rural Development and Management) from China Agricultural University in Beijing. 

Professor Kirk Helliker is the Head of Zimbabwean Studies in the Sociology Department and the Director of the Unit of Zimbabwean Studies at Rhodes University.

Co-hosts of this book launch:

  • Rhodes University
  • National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • South African BRICS Think Tank

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