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Dr Edward Lahiff

Edward Lahiff


Food Business & Development
University College Cork
Cork University Business School ORCID profile


Iam a lecturer in international development at University College Cork (DeptFood Business and Development), and the Director of the BSc. Programme inInternational Development and Food Policy.

Between1998 and 2006 I worked in southern Africa working with a rural NGO and later asSenior Lecturer in Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the WesternCape. In 2009-10 I served as Doctoral Programme Officer with the TrinityInternational Development Initiative (TIDI) and Coordinator of theInternational Doctoral School in Global Health at the Centre for Global Health,Trinity College Dublin.

My currentresearch focuses on links between small-scale farming and nutrition,particularly in Ethiopia.

Ihave published widely on land reform, rural livelihoods and natural resources inAfrica.

Research Domains

  • Agri-nutrition linkages  
  • AgriDiet  
  • Income Distribution and Inequality
  • Land reform  
  • Rural Development 
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  • 2014 - Risk perception, risk management and the role of livestock insurance,; Evidence from iorthe|n Ethropra, Tigray, University College Cork (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2014 - The relationship between rural livelihoods and livestock keeping: The case of Sidama Zone, Southern Ethiopia (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
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Journal article

Year Publication
2007 MAY, H., LAHIFF, E. (2007). Land reform in Namaqualand, 1994–2005: A review. Journal of Arid Environments. Details
2018 LAHIFF, E., MISHRA, N. (2018). We Are the Locals”: The Operationalisation of Rights-Based Approaches to Development by Non-governmental Organisations in Koraput District, Odisha.. European Journal of Development Research.. Details
2018 GEBREEGZIABHER BISHU, K., LAHIFF, E., O'REILLY, S., GEBREGZIABHER, M. (2018). “Drivers of farmers’ cattle insurance decisions: evidence from smallholders in northern Ethiopia”.. Agrekon. Details
2016 BISHU, K., O'REILLY, S., LAHIFF, E., STEINER, B. (2016). Cattle farmers’ perceptions of risk and risk management strategies: evidence from Northern Ethiopia. Journal of Risk Research. Details
2018 BISHU, K., LAHIFF, E., O'REILLY, S., GEBREGZIABHER, M. (2018). Drivers of farmers’ cattle insurance decisions: evidence from smallholders in northern Ethiopia. Agrekon. Details
2007 LAHIFF, E., BORAS, S. M., KAY, C. (2007). Market-led agrarian reform: policies, performance and prospects. Third World Quarterly. Details
2014 LAHIFF, E. (2014). Land Reform in South Africa 100 Years after the Natives' Land Act. Land Reform in South Africa 100 Years after the Natives' Land Act. Journal of Agrarian Change. Details
2007 LAHIFF, E. (2007). ‘Willing buyer, willing seller’: South Africa's failed experiment in market-led agrarian reform. Third World Quarterly. Details
2006 LAHIFF, E. (2006). Land tenure data in agriculture and rural development: a critical review of dualism in South Africa. Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives.
2003 LAHIFF, E., RUGEGE, S. (2003). A critical assessment of land redistribution policy in the light of the Grootboom judgment. Law, Democracy and Development.


Year Publication
2011 BORRAS, S. M., KAY, C., LAHIFF, E. (2011). Market-Led Agrarian Reform. Critical perspectives on neoliberal land policies and the rural poor. Taylor and Francis Inc..
2012 LAHIFF, E., DAVIS, N., MANENZHE, T. (2012). Joint ventures in agriculture: Lessons from land reform projects in South Africa. IIED.

Book chapter

Year Publication
2014 LAHIFF, E., GUO, L. (2014). Land Redistribution in South Africa: A Critical Review. World Bank Research Observer.
2000 LAHIFF, E., WOODHOUSE, P., BERNSTEIN, H., HULME, D. (2000). The Mutale River valley an apartheid oasis.. James Currey.
2010 DERMAN, B., LAHIFF, E., SJAASTAD, E. (2010). Strategic Questions about Strategic Partners Challenges and Pitfalls in South Africa’s New Model of Land Restitution. Ohio University Press.
2010 LAHIFF, E. (2010). Land reform and poverty reduction in South Africa. Routledge. Details
2013 LAHIFF, E. (2013). The Land Question in Southern Africa: a political economy perspective. Routledge.
2009 LAHIFF, E. (2009). Land Redistribution in South Africa. World Bank Research Observer.
2000 LAHIFF, E. (2000). The impact of land reform policy in the Northern Province. Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) .

Book review

Year Publication
2015 LAHIFF, E. (2015). The great African land grab? Agricultural investments and the global food system. The Journal of Peasant Studies. Details

Magazine article

Year Publication
2009 LAHIFF, E. (2009). Land and Livelihoods: The Politics of Land Reform in Southern Africa. IDS Bulletin. Details
2005 LAHIFF, E., COUSINS, B. (2005). Smallholder Agriculture and Land Reform in South Africa. IDS Bulletin. Details


Year Publication
1999 LAHIFF, E. (1999). Land tenure on the Arabie-Olifants Irrigation Scheme. Details
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