WEBINAR:
‍The contribution of redistributive land reform to employment creation

Webinar:
In a webinar on 4 June 2020, Professor Ben Cousins, founder of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), joined other authors of the study in sharing their ground-breaking research findings on land reform and employment in South Africa. Around 80 senior stakeholders attended, including from the National Treasury, other government departments, academia, the EU and civil society.

The webinar was hosted by the Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion (CBPEP) and funded by the European Union.

The research:
The study has broken new ground by investigating the potential of small-scale farming for employment generation in specific locations across the country. This is a critical discussion for policy makers, academics and broader civil society active in the land reform debate, and particularly relevant during the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has highlighted persistent social inequalities in South Africa and brought the challenge of unemployment and food security to the fore. The redistribution of productive land is able to open up the food system and drastically increase local employment. Download the research outputs below.

Research outputs

GTAC/CBPEP/EU project on employment-intensive rural land reform in South Africa: policies, programmes and capacities

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Policy briefs

Employment-intensive land reform in South Africa: Key policy recommendations
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Assessing potential for employment-intensive land reform in South Africa: Key research findings
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Thematic studies

Summary of research findings from seven thematic research studies informing policy proposals for employment-intensive land reform
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Climate change and its impacts on the feasibility and sustainability of small-scale systems of agricultural production
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Conceptualising finance to support labour-intensive land redistribution
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The social and cultural aspects of small-scale agricultural production in South Africa and the implications for employment-intensive land reform
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A review of support services for smallholder and small-scale agricultural producers
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International experiences of support policies for smallholders: A review and an exploration of underlying rationale and narratives
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Agricultural value chains in South Africa and the implications for employment-intensive land reform
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The strengths and weaknesses of systems of land tenure and land administration in South Africa and the implications for employment intensive land reform
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Commodity studies

Summary: A synthesis of evidence from five commodity studies
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Wool production by small-scale farmers
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Livestock production
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Subtropical fruit production by small-scale farmers
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Fresh produce production under irrigation by small-scale farmers in South Africa
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Small-scale sugar production
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Local municipality case studies

A synthesis of evidence from four local municipality studies
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Municipal case study: Sakhisizwe Local Municipality, Eastern Cape
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Municipal case study: Matzikama Local Municipality, Western Cape
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Municipal case study: Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality, Limpopo
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Municipal case study: Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal
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