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?

Despite commitments to land reform, impacts have not been accurately assessed. By collecting empirical data in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, comparing across sites in three national settings, and synthesising findings, the project will provide insights into livelihood impacts and wider patterns of agrarian change in post-land reform settings in southern Africa.

It will also seek to understand the conditions that result in poverty reduction following land redistribution, advance conceptual thinking about post-settlement livelihood options, and develop replicable methodological approaches for assessing impacts at different scales.

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More details
Project Dates:
October 2006 - December 2009
Project Status:
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Department for International Development (DFID)
Research Themes / Programmes:
Land reform and rights