Bruno Losch, political economist at Cirad based at the University of the Western Cape, contributed to this study highlighting the possibilities of job creations if South Africa chooses the path of a pro-poor land reform.

This UE-funded report was prepared for CBPEP (hosted by GTAC) by a team of researchers and experts who investigated the following questions:: Can land redistribution be undertaken in a manner that also creates jobs, and if so, through which types of land use and farming systems, operating at what scales? What is the potential of small-scale farming, in particular?

Land reform can assist in creating more employment-intensive farming systems by: reducing the size of farming units, while increasing their total numbers; changing the mix and scale of farm commodities produced; and changing farming systems so that they become more employment-intensive” Ben Cousins (PLAAS) wrote in a summary article in The Conversation Africa.


The authors formulated policy recommendations based on their study of four municipalities across South Africa.

Bruno Losch is one of the co-authors of the report and the main author of a thematic study entitled International experiences of support policies for small holders: A review and an exploration of underlying rationale and narrative.

  • Find all the documents that emanated from this study here.


Bruno Losch is the co-director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn).