Title
Reforming land-tenure systems in South Africa : routes to socio-economic and agricultural sustainability Reforming land-tenure systems in South Africa : routes to socio-economic and agricultural sustainability
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Sciences. Bioscience Engineering
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Economics
Law
Source (journal)
Development policy review
Volume/pages
32(2014) :6 , p. 647-674
ISSN
1467-7679
0950-6764
ISI
000342755600001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
Given the historical development of land tenure in South Africa, the aim of this article is to examine the best routes to alleviate poverty and retain sustainable agriculture in the country. First, a theoretical framework is presented that relates land tenure to sustainability, and three historical periods (pre-colonial, colonial, and apartheid) are then considered to explain the changes in land tenure and their consequences. The progress and main limitations of post-apartheid land reform to approach agricultural sustainability and alleviate poverty are discussed. Based on the analysis, different possibilities for future land reform are elaborated, followed by some recommendations for future land-reform policies in South Africa.
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