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AIAS Trust The Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS ) is an independent policy research institution committed to the development of agrarian systems that enhance equitable land rights and sustainable land uses throughout Africa.

AIAS’ primary goal is to promote informed and relevant debate around land and agrarian policy issues in Africa by providing relevant and rigorous analysis, backed by solid empirical research into the different dimensions of the issues at stake. As an independent research organisation committed to standards of excellence and impartiality, the AIAS aims to support the work of policy analysts and activists seeking to transform rural society in a progressive and sustainable manner.

Mission: Our mission is to strengthen land and agrarian policies in Africa through research based policy mediation and advocacy through five core strategies: research, policy dialogues, training, information dissemination and networking.

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23/07/2020

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27/01/2016

AIAS Trust renamed to the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAStrust)
Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, CODESRIA, OSISA, Oxfam in Zimbabwe, Oxfam GB

AIAS and local CSOs gave an overview of the Zimbabwe land reform processes highlighting the roles played by the state an...
15/12/2015

AIAS and local CSOs gave an overview of the Zimbabwe land reform processes highlighting the roles played by the state and social movements. Representatives from various organizations from South Africa and Mozambique also gave accounts of the pace and scope of land reforms in their respective countries.

AIAS and local CSOs gave an overview of the Zimbabwe land reform processes highlighting the roles played by the state and social movements. Representatives from various organizations from South Africa and Mozambique also gave accounts of the pace and scope of land reforms in their respective countries.

Regional Exchange Visit on Land reform: Role of social movements
14/12/2015

Regional Exchange Visit on Land reform: Role of social movements

10/12/2015

The Regional Exchange Program (Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa) hosted by the AIAS in collaboration with Zimbabwe Land & Agrarian Network (ZiLAN) and NPA is underway in Harare, Holiday Inn, Zimbabwe

10/12/2015

The Regional Exchange Program (Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa) hosted by the AIAS in collaboration with Zimbabwe Land & Agrarian Network (ZiLAN) and NPA is underway in Harare, Holiday Inn, Zimbabwe.

25/11/2015

All those wishing to pay their respects and honour the life of Professor Sam Moyo are invited to join his funeral proceedings on 27 and 28 November.

25/11/2015

Professor Sam Moyo's body is expected in Harare this afternoon, Wednesday 25 Nov 2015.

A funeral wake will take place on Friday 27 Nov. 2015 at his Borrowdale residence, 96B Domboshava Rd from 18:00hrs.

Professor Sam Moyo will be interred on Saturday 28 November at 11:00 at Glen Forest Cemetry. This will be preceded by a church service at his residence at 9:00am.

25/11/2015

Prof Sam Moyo 1954 - 2015
Funeral Arrangements Announcement

Prof Sam Moyo 1954-2015
25/11/2015

Prof Sam Moyo 1954-2015

AIAS Trust
25/11/2015

AIAS Trust

Professor Sam Moyo 1954 - 2015
25/11/2015

Professor Sam Moyo 1954 - 2015

23/11/2015

Tribute to Prof Sam Moyo from Marie-France Baron Bonarjee former student & researcher at AIAS

A light in our midst is extinguished today.
A luminary in the struggle for justice.
An intellectual.
An idealist.

Sam Moyo,
a man of wisdom, patience, enthusiasm, humour and wit.

A great heart.
Generous with his time,
his knowledge,
his laughter,
his vision.

We mourn the loss of such a man;

Whose commitment transcends the creed
of individualism and greed.

Whose life is a monument to engagement in his cause:
A challenge to the status quo.

We mourn the loss of such a visionary.

Sam Moyo,
Our Mentor, Professor, Inspiration and Friend.
You have given substance to our thoughts,
Strength to our activism,
Passion to our cause.

Your ideals and example stand forever as beacons of light in our minds.
They give us hope and courage to continue the struggle you pursued with such conviction.

You have changed our lives and your spirit remains forever a part of us.





AIAS International Agrarian South Summer School 2014
06/02/2014

AIAS International Agrarian South Summer School 2014

AIAS International Agrarian South Summer School 2014
06/02/2014

AIAS International Agrarian South Summer School 2014

Agence France Presse reports on the mines strike today by the radical union AMCU which counts over 2 thirds of Implats w...
23/01/2014
Afrique du Sud: les géants du platine en grève

Agence France Presse reports on the mines strike today by the radical union AMCU which counts over 2 thirds of Implats workers in its membership! Government and Mining Giants LonMin, Implats and Anglo Amercian Platinum all fear a return of social movements ... read more

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140122/south-africas-implats-close-operations-over-strike

http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20140123-afrique-sud-geants-platine-greve-amcu-implats

AFRIQUE DU SUD / MINES - En Afrique du Sud, quelque 80 000 mineurs pourraient cesser le travail à partir de ce jeudi 23 janvier après un préavis de...

23/01/2014

We invite AIAS Summer School participants to post feedback about the issues which have been discussed so far and comments to give our broader membership an insight into the debates this week!

January 2014 Blog – Agrarian Studies in FocusDear Colleagues and Friends,Foundation for Agrarian Studies: 9-12 January -...
23/01/2014
FAS|Conference 2014

January 2014 Blog – Agrarian Studies in Focus

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Foundation for Agrarian Studies: 9-12 January - Kochi, India
10 year anniversary Conference 2014

The 10th anniversary Conference of the Foundation for Agrarian Studies held in the Southern State of Kerala, in India this month provided an opportunity for scholars, activists and mass organisations of rural and marginalised people to discuss various manifestations of the agrarian question in India and other less-developed countries. The conference programme was organised around three major themes; (1) Agrarian relations and agrarian institutions, (2) Farming systems, climate change and sustainable development, and (3) Living conditions, social discrimination, and inequality; which were examined through presentations and panel discussions and sessions by local and international experts. The thematic sessions were convened by Professors and Senior Scholars from the Indian Statistical Institute and Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

In a keynote presentation entitled ‘Zimbabwe’s land and agrarian reform (1997-2013): A political, social and economic balance sheet’ AIAS Director Sam Moyo reflected on the socio-economic contradictions, political and economic radicalisation, innovative socio-political mobilisation processes, and on-going resistance, which ultimately resulted in a redistributive land reform outcomes. Specifying that Zimbabwe does not re-present an ‘ideal type’ model of reform or one which deserves uncritical emulation, he further explained that the transition should not be seen as a model of socialist revolution, since it neither produced a socialist revolution nor a socialist outcome.

This is a key issue point – at both theoretical and empirical levels - which opens up the space needed to consider the deeply embedded structural, social, labour and economic problems which escaped reform through the Independence Pact of 1980, and were further exacerbated by the neoliberal economic policies adopted from 1990 and the social and economic crises they provoked. Mass labour protests galvanised broader popular movements which bridged the rural/urban divide. Outside the cities, these produced more assertive land occupation strategies to replace the ‘passive’ resistance strategies of earlier ‘squatter’ movements and these fuelled confrontation and the radical nationalist reforms, from 1997.

This important elaboration is a vital element of the narrative which makes it possible to understand the comparative lessons which can be derived from Zimbabwe’s experience, by other economies with large peasant and marginalised populations caught in spirals of social injustice and inequality. In the contemporary Indian context - increasing deregulation under a doctrinaire brand of neoliberal policy thinking recently pushed back the last frontier of national sovereignty with an FDI amendment allowing majority foreign ownership in the key food and manufacturing sectors – is provoking increasingly confrontational strategies by peasant and rural people’s movements whose interests are systematically disregarded or marginalised.

The social dynamics and movement aspects of Zimbabwe’s experience represented resonant empirical perspectives of these themes for the 150 participants including international invitees and representatives from mass peasant, rural, women, Dalit and Tribal people’s movements who attended the Conference.

see more: http://www.agrarianstudies.org/pages.asp?menuid=52

AIAS International Agrarian Studies Summer School 2014
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20-25 January, Harare Zimbabwe

Up to 60 delegates are attending the Annual International Agrarian Summer School 2014 this week in Harare.

Recent international reports (e.g. ILO, 2013) note that over 1.3 billion people on this earth (about 40% of the global workforce and 18% of world population) depend directly for their work on their control/access to land for various land uses. Agriculture continues to be the mainstay of their employment and rural incomes. Focusing on the labour angle - this year’s summer school delves into some key implications of current trajectories of agrarian change.

The 2014 Agrarian Summer School is structured around a few themes. The first two days were focused on taking stock of the key theoretical questions and conceptual directions that are emerging in a process of rethinking the Agrarian Question specifically and agrarian labour issues.

These topics have been addressed by various lead discussants from over 15 countries in the South (and North) around:
• Expanding forms of accumulation by dispossession
• Agrarian employment and agrarian labour relations
• The diversification of rural non-farm labour relations
• New generation rural labour policies
• Food sovereignty revisited
• Rural movements and the labour question

One full day is devoted to a field trip to a peri urban area around Harare, providing participants to experience some of the agrarian labour and food issues discussed in the Summer School sessions. The remaining sessions will be largely based on the proposals and research being carried out by network members addressing the political economy of agrarian labour in different parts of the Global South.

http://www.aiastrust.org/index.php/agrarian-studies-summer-school.html

We invite participants to post feedback about the issues which have been discussed so far and comments to give our broader membership an insight into the debates this week!

The Foundation was established in 2003 in order to facilitate and sponsor multi-disciplinary theoretical and empirical enquiry in the field of agrarian studies in India and elsewhere in less-developed countries. Over this decade, it has done so in association with a wide section of people interested...

17/12/2013

AIAS Blog End of Year edition – 2013

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Conferences & Events
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Dispossessed Repossessed: Land Matters in African Letters - 7-8 November 2013 – South Africa

The second Africa Century International African Writers Conference held in Johannesburg brought together African Writers and the African Diaspora to reflect on the broader socio-economic issues which concern Africans and the way they are being written about or appear in literature and writing. The key theme of the Conference was ‘Land dispossession and repossession’ and the associated narratives of conflict, liberation, colonialism and the politics of place which characterize the writing on this topic, was examined through panel discussions amongst Authors and Academics.

AIAS Director Professor Sam Moyo was a key discussant at the Roundtable Dialogue concerning Pan African Letters: Land and Agrarian Reform.

The event also commemorated the contributions to the world of African letters, made by renowned Nigerian author, scholar and founding patron of the Africa Century International African Writers Conference - Professor Chinua Adebe – and Ghanaian Poet Kofi Awoonor, who passed away earlier this year.

http://www.collectivehub.co.za/acc/index.php/programme

Land Conflicts in Southern Africa – Centre for African Studies Basel (Switzerland) – 15-17 Nov 2013

The focus of this 3 day workshop organised by Afrika-Komitee, Centre for African Studies, FEPA, KEESA and Solifonds was to review concrete case studies illustrating recent developments which illustrate the struggles between international corporations and local communities over land in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The intention was to provide a platform to communities who are directly affected and explore the wider context of their struggles.
Farmworkers and social movements from the Western Cape presented their problems pursuing better living and working conditions on the wine and fruit farms in the region. Activists and farmers from the Southeast of Zimbabwe shared their experience of resistance they mounted against the land grab by a major ethanol project.

Agrarian South Network Committee Member Prof. Lungisile Ntsebeza (UCT) and Walter Chambati (AIAS Harare) elaborated on the Trajectories of Land Conflict and The Contested Issues of Land Reform and Race which shape the broader context of these struggles in Southern Africa.

See more:
http://zasb.unibas.ch/events/event-details/article/conference-land-conflicts-in-southern-africa-recent-developments-in-zimbabwe-and-south-africa/?tx_ttnews[backPid]=11907&cHash=9417793272381166658198af97ef7942

New South South Dialogues Conference – Federal University of ABC – Brazil 21-22 Nov 2013

Organised by Agrarian South Committee member Prof. Paris Yeros, under the auspices of the Nucleus of Science, Technology and Society of the Federal University of ABC in Sao Paolo Brazil, the main theme of this conference, was to reflect on ’epistemic sovereignty’ in the South and to build the research agenda which promotes South South dialogue, collaboration and intellectual autonomy.

The historical significance of the University’s location - in Brazil’s industrial heartland where the trade union struggles fought by Lula brought down the military regime in the 1980’s– provides the inspiration for an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to learning which seeks to break with the domination of Euro-centric and American perspectives by bringing the South ’back in’.
An important aspect of this is to bring renewed attention to Dependency Theory which until recently was relegated to the sidelines.

Our Agrarian South Network committee was well represented with Professors Sam Moyo, Praveen Jha, Dzodzi Tsikata and Marcelo Rosa presenting the key topics and dimensions shaping the South South Research Agenda.

Official launch of the Zimbabwe Land and Agrarian Network (ZiLan) Harare 12 Dec 2013

The Zimbabwe Land and Agrarian Network was officially launched with a one day Conference and Ceremony at Adelaide Acres conference Centre in Harare on 12 December 2013.

The Constitution, Strategic Plan, and Workplan were reviewed and debated among the Conference participants and prospective members.

Delegates from the Ministry of Agriculture presented the CAADPagreement and explained its application to Zimbabwe. The conference was very well attended with representatives from diverse organisations with an interest in agriculture including women, youth, veterans, organic farmers (ZIMSOFF) and the activist organisation supporting the struggles of small producers at the global level - la Via Campesina.

Work in Progress
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AIAS is completing a study on Zimbabwe's food grain economy.

The study examines the performance of Zimbabwe’s food grain production economy particularly the recent liberalisation of food grain input and output markets, with a focus on maize and wheat.

The study assesses whether the policy environment and responses to it have promoted the development of effective grain production systems and markets. The changing nature of the food policy regime and the regulatory context within which the grain economy performs are of particular interest. The various grain market structures, including formal and informal, large-scale and small-scale inputs suppliers and food grain buyers and processing, to gauge the degree of grain market concentration and competitiveness and the extent to which state agents (such as the GMB) are influential players in the grain market are also examined.

A local market study is currently being done for the ZiLan network.

Forthcoming
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The December edition of Agrarian South Journal of Political Economy will be out shortly and preparations are now under way for the AIAS Agrarian Summer School which will be held in Harare between 20-24 January 2014.

Wishing all our colleagues, friends, readers and members of our networks a happy end of Year and all the Best for 2014.

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FAIR TRADE & SOCIAL JUSTICE for ZIMBABWE'S FARMERS? Myopic EU policies hit small farmers worst

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Zimbabwe's coffee farmers struggle amid global boom and political gloom

The EU restored aid earlier this year but not to farms on 'disputed' land – excluding the majority of small coffee growers so our farmers continue to be excluded even while coffee prices soar..
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/24/zimbabwe-coffee-farmers-struggle

The EU restored aid earlier this year but not to farms on 'disputed' land – excluding the majority of small coffee growers, says Ray Mhondera

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The African Institute for Agrarian Studies was established as an independent Trust in 2002 to fill in a gap that had been observed through research, on the need for a policy institute specifically focused on addressing Africa 's land and agrarian questions. The AIAS interacts with various organizations and countries to assist them in developing capacity for policy formulation and research. It also facilitates policy dialogue among governments, academics, civil society and others on land and agrarian development, especially the land rights of marginalized social groups.

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I am waiting in anticipation for the forth coming workshop on Agrarian Transformation in the Global south.Thanks