A history of Mvurwi area, Zimbabwe By Ian Scoones For some the answer to who are the commercial farmers in Zimbabwe is obvious. The image of the rugged, (male) white farmer in shorts, surveying his family’s land carved out through hard labour and skill from the African bush is etched […]
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Land reform isn’t just about compensating white farmers whose land was expropriated. It must secure the property rights of Black farmers, too. By Michael Albertus Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, turned heads in July by signing an agreement to compensate white farmers with ties to the British colonial era for the […]
Twenty years after Zimbabwe started grabbing thousands of mostly white-owned commercial farms the government is giving some of the land back. The partial reversal of Robert Mugabe’s policy is seen as essential if the country hopes to end its pariah status. Farmers targeted by new regulations include those whose properties […]
Saddled with a compensation bill of nearly US$7 billion from former commercial farm owners, Zimbabwe’s government has published regulations to offer land as compensation for nearly 800 farms it seized under its land acquisition policy since 2000. Under former President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe took over some 5,000 farms, mostly from […]
In an attempt to fight food insecurity in Zimbabwe, the government has streamlined the sizes of farmlands in the country’s five ecological regions, giving other farmers the opportunity to have access to land. The decision follows a report that some people were multiple farm owners, denying others a chance to […]
As Minister Ncube rather revealingly put it, “Zimbabwe is easily the biggest buy in Africa right now.” Whether the Zimbabwean people are quite as keen on selling out their country is another matter.
‘We cannot change the facts of history, that after the Berlin conference whites came in and took the land. The wars that were fought, thousands of people died defending their land.’ Former president Jacob Zuma on Wednesday voiced his opinion on land expropriation without compensation, saying we were discussing it […]