Land reform and rights

Land reform is an essential component of efforts to reduce poverty and inequality. Yet redistributive land reform has been off the policy agenda for decades, despite the recognition of its importance.

IDS research has investigated the poverty reduction and livelihood impacts of land reform in southern Africa over a number of years. This work showed how, given the right institutional and policy conditions, land reform can make major contributions to sustainable livelihoods.

IDS research has tracked the livelihood impacts of the radical land reformthat took place in Zimbabwe in 2000 through a longitudinal study. It shows howmany people, especially smallholders, benefitted, despite the negative media images often presented.

Future Agricultures Consortium

The DFID funded Future Agricultures Consortium is an Africa-based alliance of research organisations seeking to provide timely, high-quality and independent information and advice to improve agricultural policy and practice in Africa. More details

Land and Agricultural Commercialisation in Africa (LACA)

This 3-year project looks at what the commercialisation of land and agriculture might mean for growth and poverty reduction in Africa. More details

Livelihoods After Land Reform

This collaborative project, which involves IDS and is led by the Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) in South Africa, asks: to what extent is land redistribution in southern Africa achieving poverty reduction and livelihood improvement objectives? More details

Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre

The STEPS Centre is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement hub, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It aims to develop a new approach to understanding, action and communication on sustainability and development. More details

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The politics of reform in Zimbabwe

17 Oct 2016
By Ian Scoones

Zimbabwe’s sugar politics

10 Oct 2016
By Ian Scoones

The sugar rush in southern Africa

03 Oct 2016
By Ian Scoones

Will white farmers in Zambia feed Zimbabwe?

26 Sep 2016
By Ian Scoones

Zimbabweland in 2016 – time to catch up

08 Aug 2016
By Ian Scoones

Rethinking Chinese engagement in Africa

01 Aug 2016
By Ian Scoones
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