1st Edition

The Future of Zimbabwe’s Agrarian Sector Land Issues in a Time of Political Transition

Edited By Grasian Mkodzongi Copyright 2022
    254 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume reflects on the recent political developments in Zimbabwe and their current and future impact on the agrarian sector.

    Utilising new empirical data gathered across Zimbabwe, the contributors shed light on the liberalisation of agricultural policy after Mugabe. Chapters examine how the adoption of neo-liberal orthodoxy in agrarian policy making will affect the new agrarian structure, looking at issues such as productivity, the impact on vulnerable groups, changing land tenure arrangements, joint ventures and land grabbing.

    Providing a new way of conceptualising Zimbabwe’s agrarian futures, this book will be of interest to researchers, NGOs and policymakers interested in the politics of land and agriculture in Zimbabwe and southern Africa.

    Chapter 1: Zimbabwe’s changing agrarian sector in perspective Grasian Mkodzongi  Chapter 2: The politics of medium-scale farming in Zimbabwe Ian Scoones and Felix Murimbarimba  Chapter 3: Changing agrarian discourses and practices in Zimbabwe: Reflections on food sovereignty prospects Emmanuel Ndhlovu  Chapter 4: Land reform, land barons and ‘land lords’: Urban land deals and housing development in the context of land redistribution in Zimbabwe, c.20002020 Wesley Mwatwara and Joseph Mujere  Chapter 5: Locating women’s land rights within Zimbabwe’s changing agrarian sector postNovember 2017 Dispensation Manase Kudzai Chiweshe and Sandra Bhatasara  Chapter 6: Zimbabwe’s new dispensation: change or continuity in smallholder tobacco farming? Sibanengi Ncube  Chapter 7: Between a rock and a hard place: The changing fortunes of the small holder tobacco farmer in Zimbabwe Tariro Kamuti  Chapter 8: Escaping enclavity? Coffee production revival strategy in post fast track land reform Zimbabwe; 2010-2021 Takesure Taringana  Chapter 9: Critical insights on joint venture partnerships in post-land reform Zimbabwe: Progress or retrogression? Clemence Chipenda  Chapter 10: Agrarian futures matter: A1 farmers’ investment in land and agriculture post Zimbabwe’s land reform Tom Tom  Chapter 11: Displacements and land conflicts: Implications for land tenure security and gendered livelihoods in Zimbabwe post-2017 Kezia Batisai and Fadzai Chipato Chapter 12: Revisiting Zimbabwe’s land rights, human rightsand social jusice: The post-Mugabe era Rejoice Mazvirevesa Chipuriro and Grasian Mkodzongi  Chapter 13: The new dispensation and Zimbabwe’s agrarian futures: Conclusions Grasian Mkodzongi


    Grasian Mkodzongi is Executive Director of Tropical Africa – Land and Natural Resources Research Institute in Zimbabwe.