This project explores to what extent land redistribution in southern Africa is achieving poverty reduction and livelihood improvement objectives.
In southern Africa many agree that land reform is an essential component of efforts to reduce poverty and inequality, but despite important empirical studies there has to date been no systematic assessment of the poverty reduction and livelihood impacts of land reform in the region.
Beneficiaries of the project are those most likely to make use of research findings.
The project will develop a comprehensive and site-specific user engagement and outreach strategy in its first, six-month planning phase.
Land redistribution is critically important in southern Africa.
The overall project will be directed by Professor Ben Cousins who will (i) provide intellectual leadership for the project (ii) provide management support to the different elements and (iii) coordinate dissemination and networking in line with the user engagement strategy.
The overall project will be directed by Professor Ben Cousins, director of the Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
Through case studies in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, this project will ask: to what extent is land redistribution in southern Africa achieving poverty reduction and livelihood improvement objectives?