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On centenary of the Natives’ Land Act think-tank argues that land reform and the rural economy in South Africa need radical reshaping

As South Africa marks the centenary of the 1913 Natives’ Land Act, which effectively excluded the black population from ownership of some 90% of land, Africa Research Institute (ARI) examines the record and prospects of the land reform programme. In its latest Briefing Note...
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Waiting for the green revolution: Land reform in South Africa

This Briefing Note assesses the progress of the land reform programme and emphasises the importance of – and opportunity in – a bolder approach in South Africa.
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Why Africa can make it big in agriculture By Mark Ashurst and Stephen Mbithi

Self-sufficiency in food production is the new mantra of donors and policymakers in Africa. But farmers, large and small, can be much more ambitious. Agriculture is the continent’s most neglected – and important – potential competitive advantage. It is Africa’s best answe...
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Why Africa can make it big in agriculture

Self-sufficiency in food production is the new mantra of donors and policymakers in Africa. But farmers, large and small, can be much more ambitious. Agriculture is the continent’s most neglected – and important – potential competitive advantage. It is Africa’s best answer to...
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Waiting for a Green Revolution

Predictions of a Green Revolution in Africa are overstated. Investment in African agriculture has been neglected by governments and donors. The proportion of aid allocated to agriculture fell from 17% in 1980 to 3% in 2005.1 Population growth and declining productivity among...