Zimbabwe: Lessons from Land Reform via @AJSouth2North

Posted on 23/06/2013


Interesting Points made: –

  • Production has increased each year since the program was launched
  • 10% of the land went to political ‘cronies’ – let’s focus on the 90% of the recipients of the land
  • 6,000 white farmers converted to 150,000 farmers after land reform
  • 2,000 white tobacco farmers converted to 60,000 tobacco farmers after land reform
  • 60,000 farms are sharing USD$750 million dollars – PICTURE the income distribution in 2013.
  • Some of the displaced white farmers have moved along/up the value chain in farming in Zimbabwe
  • Some white farmers who initially moved to Mozambique have since returned to Zimbabwe
  • Land reform has not been carried out in other African countries yet. History may judge Zimbabwe differently re land reform
  • War Vets led the land occupation and in fact the Zimbabwean Government turned it into policy
  • Zimbabwe will always have to import maize due to the weather especially with bad rains
  • There are still farms not being used at the moment
  • As production increases unused land will become more apparent
  • 20% of land reform farms went to women
  • Zimbabwean government has changed rules so men and women are on the offer letters for the farmers
  • Women are the real farmers in Zimbabwe
  • Research shows that less than 5% of white farmers were women
  • Land reform in Zimbabwe is a catalyst for land reform in Australia with Aboriginal people and other African countries

We (including the media) tend to forget/ignore that the land reform program did not just affect white farmers. Some black farmers were also affected and their farms allocated to other black farmers. I personally know people who were affected by this. Sadly their story is still to be told.