Cyriaque Hakizimana is a researcher and PhD candidate in the Institute for Poverty, Land, and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of Western Cape in South Africa. He obtained a Masters degree in Development Studies from the school of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and his academic training is in poverty reduction approaches. His research interest is in agricultural development within the broader field of Agrarian transformation.
In recent years he has been involved in a multinational project on Land and Agricultural Commercialization in Africa (LACA) which investigated among other things questions related to how agrarian transitions happen and how farming models articulate the relationships between land, labour and capital in commercial enterprises themselves and in the surrounding locality. He is currently leading the Southern Africa Regional Hub of the Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) programme which aims to produce new information and insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in order to assess their impacts and outcomes on rural poverty, women’s and girl’s empowerment and food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also coordinating the Young African Researchers in Agriculture Network (YARA) that he helped found in 2014.