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Nigerian farmers hail Shell ruling, but future remains uncertain

A Dutch court has ordered the energy company’s Nigerian subsidiary to pay farmers compensation over oil spills

Growing culture: Brothers on the land, together under the sun

Some black and white farmers are working together in the name of progress in a sector that has long been associated with racial exclusion and the abuse of black people

Biodiversity is crucial for South Africa’s food security

Farming must embrace sustainable, regenerative agriculture practices to secure our future

Covid-19 stems ‘white’ gold rush

The pandemic hit abalone farmers fast and hard. Prices have dropped and backers appear to be losing their appetite for investing in the delicacy

The promised land? Lack of access to finance hinders farmers

The agricultural sector has grown this year, but an absence of collateral is preventing black farmers from making a go of their business

Ramaphosa reiterates support for emerging farmers

On the back of the announcement that the government would allocate more land to be leased by emerging farmers, President Cyril Ramaphosa says that beneficiaries will also be trained in financial management and enterprise development

State to lease more land to emerging farmers

Land reform minister announces an intensified programme to allocate arable land to emerging farmers

The Portfolio: Tommy Busakhwe

Photographer Tommy Busakhwe, a participant in the Communities of the Kalahari Advocacy Project, uses his camera to tell stories of home, land and the people who live and work on it

They came for the American Dream, but the land was still beckoning

Kenyan farmers have carved their own niche in America’s agricultural landscape, providing speciality crops for the US market

Money instead of land

The majority of previously dispossessed people choose money over property, while land reform has become the preserve of the affluent. Is there another way to think about land reform?

Cameroon’s tomato industry rots

The country usually exports 10 000 tonnes of the crop each year. But Covid-19 rules have stopped the trade and are ruining farmers

Study shows land redistribution can create new jobs in agriculture in South Africa

When South Africa eventually emerges from the fog of the Covid-19 crisis, will policy makers be ready to grasp the nettle of farm scale, and promote the large-scale redistribution of land to small-scale producers?

After seven years, displaced Zambian villagers might get land

A high court ruling in Zambia could mean redistributed land and compensation for communities who were evicted for commercial farming

Taking the battle to the grave: South Africa’s contested sites

In his swansong, Santu Mofokeng ruminates on mortality, ancestry and dispossession

Farmworkers live in filth in Franschhoek

Rights groups say government needs to intervene and expropriate land in cases where rich farmers don’t maintain labourer accommodation

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