1st Edition

The Political Economy of Livelihoods in Contemporary Zimbabwe

    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Since the introduction of the fast track land reform programme in 2000, Zimbabwe has undergone major economic and political shifts and these have had a profound impact on both urban and rural livelihoods. This book provides rich empirical studies that examine a range of multi-faceted and contested livelihoods within the context of systemic crises. Taking a broad political economy approach, the chapters advance a grounded and in-depth understanding of emerging and shifting livelihood processes, strategies and resilience that foregrounds agency at household level.

    Highlighting an emergent scholarship amongst young black scholars in Zimbabwe, and providing an understanding of how people and communities respond to socio-economic challenges, this book is an important read for scholars of African political economy, southern African studies and livelihoods.

    1: Introduction – Theorising the Political Economy of Livelihoods in Contemporary Zimbabwe  Sandra Bhatasara, Manase Kudzai Chiweshe and Kirk Helliker  2: Livelihood Strategies of Urban Women: Emerging Evidence from Magaba, Harare  Takunda Chirau  3: Construction of Livelihood Strategies in Budiriro, Harare  Tafadzwa Chevo  4: Sex Work as a Livelihood Strategy in the Border Town of Beitbridge  Wadzanai Takawira and Kirk Helliker  5: Migration and Survival in post-2000 Zimbabwe  Manase Kudzai Chiweshe  6: Agricultural Production Systems of Small-Scale Farmers in Hwedza in the Context of Innovation Platforms  Innocent Mahiya  7: Development NGOs – Understanding Participatory Methods, Accountability and Effectiveness of World Vision in Umzingwane District  Kayla Knight Waghorn  8: A Critical Analysis of Community Participation at the Primary Level of the Health System in Goromonzi District  Rachel Gondo  9: Climate Variability in Local Scales – Narratives and Ambivalences from Mutoko District  Sandra Bhatasara  10: Livelihoods Vulnerability among Riverbed Farmers in Negande, NyamiNyami District  Felix Tombindo  11: "Let Them Starve so that they ‘Hear’ us" – Differing Perspectives on Unresolved Land Occupations and Livelihoods at Mushandike Smallholder Irrigation Scheme, Masvingo District  Jonathan Mafukidze  12: "Other People Inherit Property, But I Inherit People and Their Problems" – The Role of Kinship and Social Capital in Providing Care and Support for the HIV Infected and AIDS Affected, Chivanhu Informal Settlement, Masvingo Province  Loveness Makonese  13: Insecure Land Tenure and Natural Resource Use in a Post Fast Track Area of Zimbabwe  Takunda Chabata  14: Fast Track Land Reform Programme and Women in Goromonzi District  Loveness Chakona and Manase Kudzai Chiweshe


    Kirk Helliker is Director of the Unit of Zimbabwean Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa.

    Manase Kudzai Chiweshe is a Senior Lecturer at Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe.

    Sandra Bhatasara is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe.