Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا

African Land Questions, Agrarian Transitions and the State

Sam Moyo. African Land Questions, Agrarian Transitions and the State. Dakar, CODESRIA, 2008, 159 p., ISBN: 2-86978-202-0; ISBN 13: 978286978202-0

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This book is a critical reflection on the land question in Africa, research on which tends to be tangential, conceptually loose and generally inadequate. It argues that the most pressing research concern must be to understand the precise nature of the African land question, its land reforms and their effects on development. The book goes further to questions the capacity of emerging neo-liberal economic and political regimes in Africa to deliver land reforms which address growing inequality and poverty. Finally, it invites scholars and policy makers to creatively draw on the specific historical trajectories and contemporary expression of the land and agrarian questions in Africa, to enrich both theory and practice on land in the continent

Sam Moyo is a Professor of Development Studies and land policy analyst.
He was formerly director of the Southern African Regional Institute for
Policy Studies of the SAPES Trust, based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He has
published extensively at national, regional and international levels on land
policy and land reform issues, agrarian reform, environmental policy, rural
development, NGOs, cooperative and development cooperation.
Among his publications include Peasant Organisations and the
Democratisation Process in Africa co-edited with Mahmoud Ben Romdhane,
(CODESRIA 2002), and Reclaiming the Land: The Resurgence of Rural
Movements in Africa, Asia and Latin America (Zed Books 2005) co-edited
with Paris Yeros.

July 27 2008