In Southern Africa, given the region’s history of settler colonialism and support for large-scale farming, the future of farming is closely linked to the land question, which means that agrarian reform must also be on the agenda. 


SAITA research on Agrarian reform focuses not only on the distribution of land, but also the farming systems to be supported on redistributed farms, and the associated restructuring of systems of input provision, support services and marketing. This raises vexed issues of the’ viability’ of different farming and agro-food systems, and of appropriate methods of assessing their social, economic and ecological characteristics.