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Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS)

Advancing agrarian reform in Africa through research and education

Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS)
Zimbabwe | Founded in 2002 | Thousand Currents Catalyst Partner since 2021

Headquartered in Harare, Zimbabwe, the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS) was founded in 2002 to advance radical agrarian reform in Africa. The SMAIAS is an independent research institute that focuses on interdisciplinary research initiatives, policy dialogues, training and information dissemination. 

SMAIAS’ aims to develop equitable agrarian policies and promote sustainable land use by challenging western imposed development models and resisting land dispossession as well as economic exploitation of countries across the Global South. 

Since 2009, SMAIAS has hosted an annual Agrarian Summer School which has brought together young and senior scholars, researchers and activists from across Africa and the Global South to reflect on contemporary agrarian issues. SMAIAS’ work contributes to strategies, solutions and methodologies that advance self-determination by generating and packaging theoretical and practical approaches to agrarian transitions through reports, policy briefs, journal articles and monographs.