(The views expressed in this article are not necessarily of Casidra)
Earlier this month I came upon a short news article on the BBC’s website: “North Yorkshire farmer takes on 900-hectare 'dream' job”. The article describes the joy of 28 year old Mr Jonathan Grayshon, from Dacre in Nidderdale in North Yorkshire, after learning that he was selected to farm on the Humberstone Bank Farm. The land owner, Mr Yorkshire Water, needed to find a new manager after the previous incumbent retired.
The sentence that grabbed me was this one by Mr Grayshon: “Like a lot of young farmers trying to get on the farming ladder, it is difficult to get hold of any land, and almost impossible within a ring fence or near where you live. Getting my own farm will be like living the dream."
I was struck by the fact that land ownership and access to land are also newsworthy topics in the United Kingdom, one of the oldest democracies in the world. It seems that land reform is not only a South African issue.