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South Africa’s struggling agricultural sector: what went wrong 20 years ago

South Africa’s decision to play by the global rules of free trade post 1994 put the country’s agricultural sector in a difficult position.

While it was expected to compete against the best in the world, the support that could have helped it was taken away. At the same time, the countries it was competing against were very supportive of the sector – some times as much as three times more. This meant that new black farmers missed out on the opportunity to catch up with farmers who had been supported previously.

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Revitalising Agriculture: Healing the Land, Feeding our Nation

South Africa is a harsh country, a place of extremes. Producing sufficient food for our people has always been a difficult challenge. The new Minister of Agriculture, who can only be an improvement on the previous incumbent, is an interesting choice.

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100 Years of Land Dispossession in South Africa

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Natives Land Act, which ratified and legalized the exclusion of  South Africa’s black majority from land ownership in favor of the white minority.

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Zimbabwe’s Controversial Land Reform

Researchers Joseph Hanlon, Jeanette Manjengwa, and Teresa Smart launched their new book, “Zimbabwe takes back its land”, a book that reportedly argues that Zimbabwe’s land reform has been a success, resulting in new farmers being increasingly productive and improving their lives.

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Uganda: Tragedy of the commons

It is not necessarily land scarcity, but rather improper land administration, abuse of power and systems that are key land conflict triggers in northern Uganda.

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