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Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)

Address: School of Government University of the Western Cape Private Bag X17 Bellville
City: Cape Town
Country: South Africa
Postal Code: 7535
Phone Number: 27 21 959 3733
Fax Number: 27 21 959 3732
General Information:

The Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is a constituent unit of the University of the Western Cape's School of Government, and was initiated in 1995, with a core grant from the Ford Foundation.

The initial objectives of the programme were to build capacity in the land and agrarian reform sector, expand the number of black social scientists working in the sector, and to engage in policy-relevant research in support of the post-apartheid government's new land reform programme. Soon after its establishment PLAAS began to provide short course training to government and NGO staff, in collaboration with the Land Tenure Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. It fosters critical scholarship on land and agrarian issues and seeks to support processes of social, political and economic transformation within South and Southern Africa.

PLAAS Vision and Mission
PLAAS engages in research, training, policy development and advocacy in relation to land and agrarian reform, rural governance and natural resource management.

PLAAS is committed to social change that empowers the poor, builds democracy and enhances sustainable livelihoods. Gender equity is integral to these goals.

PLAAS aims for rigour in its scholarship, excellence in its training, and effectiveness in its policy support and advocacy. It strives to play a critical yet constructive role in processes of social, economic and political transformation.

PLAAS focuses on:
the land restitution and redistribution programmes initiated by the post-apartheid democratic state land tenure reform emerging regimes of natural resource management rural livelihoods and farm-household production systems chronic poverty and rural development processes of institutional restructuring and reorientation in support of land and agrarian reform in South Africa.

The main activities of PLAAS are research, support to national policy development, training, post-graduate teaching, and advisory, facilitation and evaluation services.

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