From military peace to social justice? The Angolan peace process
Publication date: 
2004
Accord issue: 
15

The importance of land use and ownership in Angola makes it central to long-term reconstruction and reconciliation. Fernando Pacheco examines how a ‘dualist’ agricultural structure (between small family farming and large commercial farming) was created in the colonial period, reinforced by laws based on racial discrimination. This division, combined with the rural-urban divide, was reflected in the conflict, which itself recast land ownership and use. Many issues have yet to be addressed, in particular the conflict between legal/institutionalised and customary/informal land use, which, along with population return, has led to new localised conflicts over land. The author concludes that a combination of commercial and family agriculture in a modernising but locally-rooted development process is crucial for reconstruction and a lasting peace.