Land and Agrarian Reform in South Africa: A Status Report 2004

December 2004
Ruth Hall (PLAAS Research Report 20)

Includes a retrospective of 10 years of land reform, restitution, redistribution, farm tenure reform, communal tenure reform, debating the future of land and agrarian reform, conclusions. Argues that there is a need for the state to intervene to make suitable land available to meet local needs, rather than relying wholly on land markets. Significant progress has been made, but there is a need to integrate land reform with agricultural policy, rural development and local economic development, thus locating the redistribution of land and land rights at the centre of a wider process of pro-poor agrarian reform.