A Review of Experiences of Establishing Emerging Farmers in South Africa: Case Lessons and Implications for Farmer Support Within Land Reform Programmes

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2010 - Law - 81 pages
At the end of Apartheid in 1994, about 82 million hectares of commercial farmland (86% of all farmland) was in the hands of the white minority. Over thirteen million black people lived in crowded former homelands under extreme poverty. Since 1994, the Government of South Africa has initiated several land reform programmes in order to address the racial imbalance in land holding and secure the land rights of historically disadvantaged people. This review of the experiences of supporting emerging historically disadvantaged farmers examines the implementation of the land reform policy and its support programmes and documents several cases of support to emerging farmers. Best practice processes are synthesised and compared with international experiences. The document will be of interest to policymakers, researchers, students and NGO staff working on land reform programmes.

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Comparison of South African and International Land Reform Experiences
Case Summaries and Lessons

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