The challenges of Land Tenure in South Africa remains linked to the historical legacy of land dispossession. While the democratically elected government have legislated land redress, the pace of land reform remains slow with a downward trend since 2008. By 2017 less than 10% of agricultural land has been transformed to black South Africans. Black women remain land-poorer than black men, constituting only 23% of land redistribution beneficiaries. Land tenure and access to land for agriculture and housing, is part of the founding research and advocacy struggles of SPP.
Our Land Tenure strategy is centred on:
Key to the SPP land tenure strategy is securing tenure for land-vulnerable and marginalised women. Advocacy for women’s land rights is rooted in significant evidence of its benefits. These benefits include improved socio-economic well-being for women and their families. Evidence shows that, in part, women who have land rights are less at risk from domestic violence. Securing women’s land rights enhances their status and political participation in the community.
Through our work in the Land Tenure sector we see an outcome in which community rights in land-use is realised, community voices are strengthened and that agro-ecological practices become the responsible land use methodology leading to improved livelihoods of both rural and urban households.
Our strategy seeks to empower the voice, agency and resolve of land-vulnerable communities, their partnerships and alliances, both locally and globally, to take up the struggles for land access, use and tenure security.