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New portal keeps readers up-to-date with developments in Zimbabwe land reform

3 October 2011

Cotton growers in ZimbabweIn February 2011, PLAAS funded research was disseminated in the form of a controversial book Zimbabwe’s Land Reform: Myths and Realities which showed that not everything about land reform in Zimbabwe was a disaster and indeed there were some positive indicators from land recipients. As the UK Institute of Development Studies says in its review of the site:

The agricultural sector is expected to grow by 19 per cent this year, on the back of a strong 9% growth in the economy as a whole – although of course from a very low base. For example, cotton production is booming, tobacco sales were expected to exceed 170m tonnes, and the output of maize, the staple food crop, has steadily grown despite recurrent droughts. And nearly all of this is from small and medium scale farms.

landhungerOverturning the settler colonial pattern of land use and creating a new agrarian structure has had far-reaching consequences; the website, Zimbabwe’s Land Reform, works to keep up-to-date information about the ongoing consequences and results of the process. This research continues to follow the fortunes of the 400 households in the original study sample, and the portal will be kept up-to-date as new findings are disseminated.

In addition the site delivers eight new videos and summarised findings from the research in two booklets (one in English and one in Shona), as well as media links, photos, articles and a blog.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jack Lewis permalink
    13 March 2012 8:48 am

    Have a look at this.Only expanding the commerical farming sector in maize and wheat can allow for the building of dams and the kind ofl large scale irrigation and slection of cultivars required to control things like too much or too little water and other adversities. The destruction of large scale commercial farming in Zimbabwe has destroyed the agrilcultural supplies and infrastructure sector, which used to benefit the small farmer as well. Now these supplies have to be brought in from SA. Very significant is the comment about the poor state of silos – a direct result of poor management and lack of funds for investment – funds which could have come from taxation but which no dont since the government shrank the tax base. This is a very old story in Zimbabwe, but it contiunes to play out.

  2. 27 October 2011 2:55 pm


  3. 11 October 2011 3:45 pm

    tried to link to the site “Zimbabwe’s Land Reform” via the provided hyperlink with no success. can you check the link? thanks

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