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 reform that took place in Zimbabwe in 2000 through a longitudinal study. It shows how many people, especially smallholders, benefited, despite the negative media images often presented.
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Fighting Over Land: Theory and Empirical Evidence from Colombia
The aim of this project is to develop a research agenda on the long-term effect of civil conflict on institutions, particularly on land tenure structure, in Colombia. More details
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
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