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Spotlight series: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)

The dynamics of poverty and agro-food systems are a focus for research and policy engagement institute PLAAS, one of the content partners working with Eldis to showcase Southern produced research.


Land is hot property, especially in Africa where there has been a rapid growth in land-based investments and a rising concern about land grabs. It is estimated that 70 per cent of the land which has been part of large-scale transnational land deals in recent years have been in Africa, as international buyers seek to take advantage of cheap land in the face of rising demands to meet food and energy needs. But this scramble does not always benefit the people living on or off the land.

These are some of the issues being grappled with by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), which focuses on the dynamics of chronic poverty and structural inequality in Southern Africa. Through its research, policy engagement, teaching and training, the emphasis is on the restructuring and contesting land holding and agro-food systems and the analysis of marginalised livelihoods in Southern Africa.

Latest Documents

Alcohol use: summary of the findings from the Third National HIV Communication Survey
Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa 2012
Alcohol use and abuse is an important risk factor for HIV infection in southern Africa. A number of studies have found a relationship between alcohol and HIV seropositivity. Alcohol is increasingly being recognised as an indirect cont...
Adolescents' HIV Prevention and Treatment Literacy Toolkit for Eastern and Southern Africa
Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service 2014
The Adolescents' HIV Prevention and Treatment Toolkit for Eastern and Southern Africa is made up of 10 publications which are designed to help young people better understand HIV and what it means in their lives. The Toolkit, also know...
Group dialogue and critical reflection of HIV prevention: an evaluation of the C-Change Community Conversation Toolkit
C-Change 2012
Communication for Change (C-Change) set out to develop support tools that would foster interactive communication among low-literacy adults and prompt engagement on HIV prevention issues, including encouraging individual and group-orie...
What ails the young? Insights into Africa’s youth from the African Peer Review Mechanism
T. Corrigan / South African Institute of International Affairs 2016
Africa is a young continent, with a median age of some 19.3 years and 75% of its population aged 35 or younger. As the continent has long recognised – and as the so-called Arab Spring has confirmed – this large youth populat...
Social protection for sustainable development: dialogues between Africa and Brazil
World Centre for Sustainable Development / RIO+ Centre 2016
Social protection programmes are among the most successful development experiences the world has seen in recent years. They have proven to be key in developing countries’ efforts to fight poverty and hunger, as demonstrated by th...
ZAZI: a participatory programme on Sexual and Reproductive Health for women and girls - a toolkit for facilitators
Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa 2016
This toolkit has been developed by the ZAZI campaign for use by peer educators, community outreach workers, faith-based organisations, and traditional health practitioners to help facilitate participatory discussions on sexual and rep...
Empower young women and adolescent girls: fast-track the end of the AIDS epidemic in Africa
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS 2015
"To be effective, any health and development agenda needs to focus on the root causes of the gender gap, and the AIDS response is no different." This report was produced to guide regional and global advocacy and inform politica...
Findings from the SASA! Study: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial To Assess the Impact of a Community Mobilization Intervention To Prevent Violence Against Women and Reduce HIV risk in Kampala, Uganda
BMC Medicine 2016
The need for HIV prevention efforts to more explicitly incorporate program elements to address gender inequality and violence has been repeatedly articulated, and the elimination of sexual and gender-based violence has been identified...
Gender considerations along the HIV treatment cascade: an evidence review with priority actions
M Croce-Galis; J. Gay; K. Hardee / What Works for Women and Girls: Evidence for HIV/AIDS Interventions 2015
This brief provides policymakers and programme implementers with evidence about the impact of gender dynamics on treatment access and adherence and the gender-related gaps in treatment research and programming. It also raises question...
Kuwa Mfano wa Kuigwa: a gender-transformative campaign to reduce social acceptance of intimate partner violence
D. McCown; H. Connor / EngenderHealth 2014
"Exposure to campaign messages led to more men believing that forced sex is violence and that a man is never justified in beating his wife. The campaign also increased men’s willingness to help a woman being beaten by her partner...
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