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Land reform in Zimbabwe : constraints and prospects
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England : Ashgate, 2000
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xiv, 206 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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30000010207242 HD1333.Z55 L36 2000 Open Access Book Book

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Land ownership, and rights of use of land, have been central issues for many countries throughout history, and for many are also issues of the day. In Zimbabwe, for the first ten years after independence in 1980, land redistribution was limited largely to that occurring on a willing-buyer, willing-seller basis (as defined by the Lancaster House Agreement). During this time some three million hectares of commercial farmland was purchased by the government at market value, assisted by grants from the UK government. Some 52,000 families, focusing on the landless and poor from overpopulated and environmentally degraded communal land, but also some war veterans, were resettled. There was considerable controversy surrounding this process and its management, as to whether the intended objectives were being fulfilled, the slow pace at which reform was proceeding, and the means by which the processes in place were enhancing or undermining economic and environmental development and stability. Many of these issues are addressed in this text.

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Dr T.A.S. Bowyer-Bower and Dr Colin StonemanDr Robin PalmerProfessor John CusworthProfessor Lionel CliffeEdited by Dr Colin StonemanDr T.A.S. Bowyer-BowerProfessor Sam MoyoDr T.A.S. Bowyer-BowerDr B. H. KinseyDr Debby PottsDr J. AlexanderDr Jennifer A. ElliottDr Simon ColdhamJenny BrownDr Susie JacobsProfessor Mandivamba Rukuni
List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. viii
List of Acronymsp. x
List of Contributorsp. xii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
1 Land Reform's Constraints and Prospects: Policies, Perspectives and Ideologies in Zimbabwe Todayp. 1
2 Mugabe's 'Land Grab' in Regional Perspectivep. 15
3 A Review of the UK ODA Evaluation of the Land Resettlement Programme in 1988 and the Land Appraisal Mission of 1996p. 25
4 The Politics of Land Reform in Zimbabwep. 35
5 Zimbabwe Land Policy and the Land Reform Programmep. 47
6 Theory into Practice: Perspectives on Land Reform of the Farmers' Unions of Zimbabwep. 59
7 The Political Economy of Land Redistribution in the 1990sp. 73
8 Implications for Poverty of Land Reform in Zimbabwe: Insights from the Findings of the 1995 Poverty Assessment Survey Studyp. 83
9 The Implications of Land Reform for Rural Welfarep. 103
10 Zimbabwean People's Perceptions of the Land Resettlement Programme: the Case of Rural-Urban Migrantsp. 119
11 The Enduring Appeal of 'Technical Development' in Zimbabwe's Agrarian Reformp. 133
12 Resource Implications of Land Resettlement in Zimbabwe: Insights from Woodland Changesp. 145
13 Land Inheritance Issues in Zimbabwe Todayp. 159
14 Land Reform versus Customary Law: What About Women?p. 167
15 The Effects of Land Reform on Gender Relations in Zimbabwep. 175
16 Land Reform in Zimbabwe: Dimensions of a Reformed Land Structurep. 187
Indexp. 201
Postscriptp. 205
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