WEBINAR DIALOGUE:

‍The contribution of redistributive land reform to employment creation

The webinar was hosted by the Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion (CBPEP) and funded by the European Union (EU). 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 employment intensive land reform in South Africa, with a focus on small- scale farming.
ATTENDEES:
80
SENIOR
STAKEHOLDERS
  • National Treasury
  • other government departments
  • academia
  • the EU
  • civil society
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It’s a topic which links to 3 key elements of the development and transformation agenda of the country. Unemployment, land reform and climate change

Bernard Rey, EU delegation to South Africa
Why land reform for employment creation?
This is the time to examine the underlying structures that lead to poverty, inequality, vulnerability and food insecurity - land reform has to be part of that solution.

Ben Cousins, PLAAS
“Successful land reform and rural development could dramatically improve the quality of life of the many rural residents who make up one-third of South Africa’s population, by boosting jobs, fostering economic opportunities, and opening up access to markets.”
RURAL RESIDENTS MAKE UP ONE-THIRD OF SA’S POPULATION
Successful land reform could dramatically boost jobs, foster opportunities, and open up access to markets.
“Employment-intensive land redistribution could form the central thrust of a renewed programme of agrarian reform and rural development, sowing the seeds for a brighter future for millions of South Africans in the world beyond the pandemic”
WHY THIS RESEARCH IS CRITICAL:
“A ground-breaking new study has raised the hope that small-scale farming can play a significant role in tackling the challenges of unemployment and food security.”
IMPROVING POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS
LAND REFORM AND FOOD SECURITY IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
“The Covid-19 crisis has clearly demonstrated the vulnerability of the livelihoods of very large numbers of the SA population, and highlighted food insecurity as one key aspect,” says Prof Cousins.
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