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Land and agriculture remain critically important sources of livelihood across Africa, even as rates of  urbanization begin to increase. Yet rural poverty continues to be a major feature of African societies. Can policies that secure access to land and natural resources, and promote agricultural development, contribute to a wider process of social and economic renewal? What other sectors are also in need of investment and growth? Does this require a re-thinking of the classical Agrarian Question in the conditions of the 21st Century?

On Tuesday 14 May 2019, three leading scholars located in different parts of the continent debated these thorny questions: Prof Kojo Amanor from the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana; renowned scholar Prof Issa Shivji from the University of Dar es Salaam, and UWC’s prof Ruth Hall.

A video recording of the debate is available here.