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South African land reform data published

45% of black South Africans want land (© PLAAS)
45% of black South Africans want land

A new series of fact sheets, published by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), present facts about land reform in South Africa in an easily accessible way. The four fact sheets cover the distribution of land, demand for land, the use of state land to meet land reform targets and analyse whether land reform projects are improving the livelihoods of beneficiaries. The data reveals that despite inadequate government support for planning and production, and in the face of severe resource constraints, many land reform projects have improved the incomes and livelihoods of those who have received land.

A number of implications for land policy are outlined in the fact sheets. "Aggregate figures for the number of hectares acquired by the state are poor indicators of effective land and agrarian reform; land targets need to be regionally calibrated and judiciously applied," one fact sheet states. The data also reveals that state-owned land is not a significant resource for land redistributions, class is slowly becoming a more significant determinant of land ownership, and urbanisation is impacting the nature and location of land demand. The careful analysis of impact data to guide policy and implementation, identification of suitable state owned agricultural land for distribution, and development of a standardised national method for studying and analysing the demand for land are just a few recommendations that PLAAS also highlight.

Date published: April 2013


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