Articles

Reflections from our recent work, and topical issues for the sector

Robin Palmer
  • 8 July 2020

In this article Robin Palmer reviews Land to the Tiller: an interview with Zegeye Asfaw by Ann Oosthuizen. This is an interview with Zegeye Asfaw from 2012, telling the story of his life, of the struggle for land ...

  • 4 February 2020

I have now been running the Land Rights in Africa website for 20 years. It existed in Oxfam space from 2000-2012 and has been in Mokoro space since 2012. So a HUGE THANK YOU to Mokoro for agreeing to take on the ...

  • 27 September 2019

Every week I receive an email from the pressure group GRAIN offering updates on the global land grab and the varied responses to it. From time to time I forward some of these to Zoe Millington to be posted on ...

  • 4 July 2019

I couldn’t have been more delighted that Rachael Knight’s May Day Mokoro seminar on community land rights in Africa was such an unqualified success. Why so? Well, it goes back to my early links with Mokoro. ...

  • 20 December 2017

Just over 40 years ago, in September 1977, James Currey, then still with Heinemann Educational Books, published two academic books of mine. The first was Land and Racial Domination in Rhodesia, based on my 1968 PhD. ...

  • 31 July 2017

Back in 2002 my Oxfam colleague Thalia Kidder, a Latin America specialist, arranged for me to visit organizations working on land rights in Honduras and Guatemala en route to an Oxfam conference in Haiti. I have ...

  • 7 December 2016

On the African Palm Oil Frontier in The Guardian  On 23 November, I went, for the first time in my life, to the offices of The Guardian adjacent to King’s Cross station. The event was a panel discussion, ...

  • 27 June 2016

Through recent interactions with a French PhD student, Francesca Di Matteo, who is working on land in Kenya, I was invited to a conference on Politics of State Interactions on Land Rights in East Africa, held at ...

  • 7 September 2015

Two years ago I invited myself to a conference at the University of Utrecht; this time around they invited me! I don’t think I’ve ever declined an invitation to attend an academic conference in the Netherlands. ...

  • 14 January 2015

A remarkable colloquium was held in Cape Town on October 20-21 to celebrate the life and work of Lionel Cliffe, who died of cancer last year.[1] Lionel was a man of very many parts – a prolific radical academic, a ...