- Publisher: Zed Books
- ISBN: 9781780321486
- Price: $51.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Nov 2012
- Rights: Canada
- Pages: 304
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Zimbabwe’s Fast Track Land Reform
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, 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 author argues that it is this new agrarian formation which provides the greatest scope for improving Zimbabwe’s agriculture and development.
Based on a broader geographical scope than any previous study carried out on the subject, this is a landmark work on a subject of considerable controversy.
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 Complexities in understanding agricultural production outcomes
6 Access to services and farm-level investments on Fast Track Farms
7 A revolution without change in women’s land rights
8 Social organisation and reconstruction of communities on Fast Track Farms
Conclusion: from a ‘crisis’ to a ‘prosperous’ future?
About the Author
Prosper B. Matondi is the Executive Director of Ruzivo Trust, a not for profit organization based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He holds a PhD in Rural Development from the Swedish University of Agricultural University based in Uppsala, Sweden. He has more than 15 years experience researching on land, natural resources management, environmental policy and planning in Zimbabwe, within the southern African region and internationally. He has widely published and has made a contribution to many international, regional and international networks on land and agrarian reform issues. He sits on various research boards and is currently supervising PhD students working on land issues in Zimbabwe and beyond.