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  1. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    November, 2015
    South Africa, Southern Africa

    While land reforms have long been motivated as a potential policy lever of rural growth and development, there is remarkably little evidence of the direct impacts of such reforms. In an effort to fill this lacunae, this paper examines South Africa's Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development (LRAD) program. We show that the implementation of this program operates as a natural experiment in which self-selected and administratively-filltered LRAD applicants receive land transfers at random points in time.

  2. Library Resource
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    March, 2015
    South Africa, Southern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

    Drawing on insights from multiple studies, this policy brief addresses the importance of gender considerations for small-scale livestock farming communities relative to food security in the South African context. The brief examines some key elements of gender issues in relation to small-scale livestock farming, asks how some of these elements align with current policies and practices, and suggests a number of focused policy recommendations. Two thirds of the world’s 600 million poor livestock keepers are rural women.

  3. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    January, 2015
    South Africa, Southern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

    A proposed massive expansion of a petrochemical complex in South Durban’s port area has come under criticism for both economic and environmental violence. The recent history of cities becoming hyperactive export platforms is not merely a function of globalisation. Public policy is a factor, and especially the intellectual project of urban neoliberalism; the strategy was explicit in South Africa’s transition from apartheid to export-oriented neoliberalism.

  4. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    March, 2015
    Lesotho

    The formal private sector in Lesotho concentrates on housing at the very top of the market leaving the majority unserved by formal housing supply.

  5. Library Resource

    Urban Food Security Series Number 21

    Reports & Research
    January, 2015
    Lesotho

    Lesotho regularly features in the African and international media as a country blighted by drought, hunger and food insecurity. Much of the discussion about the causes and remedies for food insecurity, including within Lesotho itself, focuses on the rural population and the precipitous decline in domestic food production in recent decades. This report argues that the rural bias of both donors and government ignores the fact that poverty and food insecurity are increasingly important urban issues as well.

  6. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    January, 2016
    Lesotho

    Maps are instrumental in the commodification of land and its exchange in markets. The critical cartog- raphy literature emphasizes the ‘‘power of maps” to (re)define property relations through their descrip- tive and prescriptive attributes. But how do maps work to achieve these outcomes? This paper examines the notion of maps as ‘‘inscription devices” that turn land into a commodity that can be bought and sold by investors. It is based on the analysis of a land reform project in the Southern African country of Lesotho.

  7. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    March, 2015
    Lesotho

    The paper discusses chieftaincy and colonialism in Lesotho, institutional roles of chieftaincy, the role of chieftaincy in the era of modern democracy/DGD, the relations between the democratic local authorities and chieftaincy in Lesotho and the role of chieftaincy and its constraints in the decentralized system of Lesotho. The paper directly contributes knowledge in public management sciences and administrative policy systems.

  8. Library Resource
    Conference Papers & Reports
    December, 2015
    Angola, Burundi, Benin, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Lesotho, Morocco, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Eswatini, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Western Africa, Eastern Africa, Northern Africa, Middle Africa, Southern Africa

    Land degradation and desertification are among the biggest environmental challenges of our time. In the last 40 years, we lost nearly a third of the world’s arable farmland due to erosion, just as the number of people to be fed from it almost doubled. That’s why the UN General Assembly declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils. And the good news is that this new report shows that while Africa remains the most severely a«ected region, the benefit of taking action across the continent outweighs the cost of implementing it: not just by a little, but by a factor of seven.

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