n Africa Insight - The land and agrarian reform and food security : lessons for South Africa

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


The article argues that in those countries where agrarian reforms have not been undertaken, or worse, have not been concluded; the monopolisation of land ownership by the landlord class provides it with economic basis for the domination and exploitation of those without land. Through a redistribution of land and other resources, agrarian reform seeks to restructure the exploitative relations of production, which constitute the agrarian question. Hence the aim of this article is to create a historical review of the land and agrarian issues in developing countries in general, and in Africa in particular, as well as map up a landscape of the political economy of land and agrarian reform in the current millennium, and demonstrate how these relate to the issue of food security.

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