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Zimbabwe's fast-track land reform
The Nordic Africa Institute, Agrarian Change, Property and Resources.
2012 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Fast-Track Land Reform Programme in Zimbabwe has emerged as a highly contested reform process both nationally and internationally. The image of it has all too often been that of the widespread displacement and subsequent replacement of various people, agricultural-related production systems, facets and processes. The reality, however, is altogether more complex. Providing new, in-depth and much-needed empirical research, and based on a broader geographical scope than any previous study carried out on the subject, Zimbabwe’s Fast-Track Land Reform examines how processes such as land acquisition, allocation, transitional production outcomes, social life, gender and tenure, have influenced and been influenced by the forces driving the programme. It also explores the ways in which the land-reform programme has created a new agrarian structure based on small- to medium-scale farmers. In attempting to resolve the problematic issues the reforms have raised, the authors argue that it is this new agrarian formation which provides the greatest scope for improving Zimbabwe’s agriculture and development. A landmark work on a subject of considerable controversy.

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London, England: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet; Zed Books , 2012. , 286 p.
Africa Now
Keyword [en]
Africa, Africa Now, Agriculture, Development, International Relations, Politics
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1578ISBN: 9781780321486OAI: diva2:563712

Table of contents:1: Understanding Fast Track Land Reforms in Zimbabwe. 2: Land Occupations as the Trigger for Compulsory Land Acquisition. 3: Interrogating Land Allocation. 4: Juggling Land Ownership Rights in Uncertain Times. 5: The Complexities of Production Outcomes. 6: Accessing Services and Farm Level Investments. 7: 'Revolutionary Progress' without Change in Women's Land Right. 8: Social Organisation and the Reconstruction of Communities Conclusion: From a 'Crisis' to a 'Prosperous' Future?

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