ANOTHER COUNTRYSIDE? POLICY OPTIONS FOR LAND AND AGRARIAN REFORM IN SOUTH AFRICA/Ruth Hall (ed.)

  • Cadene Nabbie Department of Military Strategy, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University

Abstract

This study titled Another countryside? Policy options for land and agrarianreform in South Africa, edited by Ruth Hall, is significant given the challengesaround diminishing global resources, including those affecting food security. Landreform does not only affect food security but also the maintenance of foodproduction levels, development of small businesses, residential settlement and socialcohesion. The focus on South Africa’s land and agrarian policies is relevant at a timewhen land issues have taken centre stage in public and private debates in SouthAfrica. There are wide-ranging security implications for South Africa if the processof land reform is mismanaged. This study is a timeous one. Hall, as editor,contributes to some of the eleven chapters. The author is well versed in land issuesin South Africa and her work focuses on the interests, actors and discourses whichhave shaped land reform processes in South Africa. As a background to this book, itwould help to the read the 2010 study undertaken by Hall under the title The politicsof land reform in post-apartheid South Africa, 1990–2004: A shifting terrain ofpower, actors and discourses.
Published
2013-11-19
Section
Book Reviews