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Title:The new harvest agrarian policies and rural transformation in Southern Africa
Editor:Chinig˛, Davide
Periodical:Afriche e Orienti (ISSN 1592-6753)
City of publisher:San Marino
Publisher:AIEP Editore
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
Subjects:land reform
land acquisition
small farms
agricultural policy
food security
conference papers (form)
Abstract:This special issue of Afriche e Orienti contains papers presented at the conference 'The new harvest: agrarian policies and rural transformation in Southern Africa', organized in Bologna, on 13 March 2015. Southern Africa is currently experiencing significant transformations of its rural areas. All countries in the region are implementing land reform programmes which, different as they are, draw heavily on a neoliberal framework. This leads, on the one hand, to processes of land grabbing by private and public sector actors, including local and national elites; on the other hand, to policies aiming to strengthen smallholder agriculture and the recognition of customary rights to land. Both -contradictory- dynamics have consequences for food security in the countryside. The radical land reform programme in Zimbabwe led to debates conceptualising food security as food sovereignty. The contributions in this special issue discuss the impact of rural development policies through a number of themes, such as access to land and resources, food security, democratisation, the emergence of new conflicts and claims to land. Titles: African peasantry, rural transformations and land grabbing in contemporary (Southern) Africa (Mario Zamponi); The role of land policies, land laws and agricultural development in challenges to rural livelihoods in Africa (Pauline E. Peters); Land law, power, rural development in post-Independence Mozambique (JoŃo Carrilho, Uacitissa Mandamule); Land reform and customary authorities in contemporary Malawi (Davide Chinig˛); The future of agriculture in Zimbabwe? The expansion of contract farming and its impact on smallholder income and production (Gareth D. James); Land grabbing and agricultural commercialization duality: insights from Tanzania's transformation agenda (Emmanuel Sulle). [ASC Leiden abstract]