Zimbabwe's Land Reform: Myths & Realities
by Ian Scoones
Ten years after the Zimbabwean land invasions of 2000, this title provides the first full account of the consequences of these dramatic events. This ... Show synopsis Ten years after the Zimbabwean land invasions of 2000, this title provides the first full account of the consequences of these dramatic events. This land reform overturned a century-old pattern of land use, one dominated by a small group of large-scale commercial farmers, many of whom were white. But what replaced it? This title challenges five myths through the examination of the field data from Masvingo province: Myth 1 Zimbabwean land reform has been a total failure; Myth 2 The beneficiaries of land reform have been largely political 'cronies'; Myth 3 There is no investment in the new resettlements; Myth 4 Agriculture is in complete ruins creating chronic food insecurity; Myth 5 The rural economy has collapsed. By challenging these myths, and suggesting alternative policy narratives, this book presents the story as it has been observed on the ground: warts and all. What comes through very strongly is the complexity, the differences, almost farm by farm: there is no single, simple story of the Zimbabwe land reform as sometimes assumed by press reports, political commentators, or indeed much academic study.