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State of Ag in South Africa

09 April 2015

…Pressure on land reform
When apartheid ended in 1994, white South Africans, who made up less than 10% of the population, owned 90% of the South African land. Through land reform, South Africa hoped to transfer 30% of agriculture land to black farmers by 2014.

At this point only 8% of land has been transferred, leading some to believe the land reform policy is not working quickly enough. With the current land reform policy, a willing owner can choose to sell his or her land, and then the land is redistributed to an emerging black farmer.

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