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Welcome to the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS) website

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.


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. We engage with key actors throughout Africa including governments,


international and regional governance organisations, universities, NGOs, researchers, students and the donor community.

In the past decade our central focus has been on building an Independent African Knowledge Resource on Agrarian Issues to promote research into topics such as land, food, markets and trade which have special significance for populations of the Global South. We work in partnership with regional and international networks of researchers, research institutions, universities and CSO policy analysts.  Our two key networks are the Land & Agrarian Network which includes Zimbabwean interest groups, local scholars and researchers; and the Agrarian South Network made up of scholars and researchers from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Collectively these networks manage the Agrarian Summer School, the recently launched International Agrarian South (SAGE) Journal and other training projects. 

Our Agrarian Summer School Programme – which takes place every year in January - has become an important platform for dialogue, network building, knowledge sharing and learning with partners from other African countries, Latin America and Asia.

Our extensive research has been published in books, journals, articles and policy briefs and in 2012, our new journal ‘Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy’ (Sage Publications) was launched as a platform to raise the profile of Southern Scholarship in debates over the Agrarian Questions of the 21st century. 

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AIAS is a regional organisation that seeks to influence land and agrarian reform policies through multidisciplinary social science research, policy dialogues, training, networking and information dissemination