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Title:Livestock Production and the Common Property Struggles in South Africa's Agrarian Reform
Author:Cousins, BenISNI
Periodical:The Journal of Peasant Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:land reform
communal lands
animal husbandry
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Development and Technology
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03066159608438612
Abstract:This article focuses on conflicts over livestock and rangeland resources in postapartheid South Africa, and suggests that the roots of these struggles lie not only in the inequitable distribution of land due to past policies of segregation and apartheid, but also in the multiple functions of livestock within complex livelihood systems, and their role in the dynamics of social differentiation. Perspectives from the wider literature on livestock and rangelands in Africa and on common property regimes are brought to bear on the specifics of the South African case. Several distinct axes of struggle over common property are identified, and the complex interactions between economic, ecological and political/institutional dimensions are explored in two case studies from the Eastern Cape (the mid-Fish River Basin) and KwaZulu-Natal (Cornfields and Tembalihle). These provide general lessons for the political economy of common property regimes within South Africa's agrarian reform. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. (p. 303-304).