Land and Agrarian Reform in Zimbabwe
Beyond White-Settler Capitalism
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: African Books Collective
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Title Page, Copyright
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List of Abbreviations
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List of Tables, Figures and Boxes
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We are grateful for the assistance that many people afforded us during this book project. Invaluable comments were received from various Zimbabwean researchers and activists at a workshop convened by the African Institute for Agrarian Studies (AIAS) in December 2009 in Harare. We received extensive feedback on some chapters from participants in the annual Agrarian Studies Summer School between 2009 and 2012 in Harare, Dar es Salaam and ...
Notes on Contributors
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Walter Chambati is a researcher at the African Institute for Agrarian Studies (AIAS) in Harare and was Future Agriculture’s Consortium Research Fellow for 2011. He received a BSc. (Hons) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters in Public and Development Management from the University of Witwatersrand. His research interests are in rural labour issues and agricultural development in Africa and he is studying for a ...
1. Introduction: Roots of the Fast Track Land Reform in Zimbabwe
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The Fast Track Land Reform Programme (FTLRP) implemented during the 2000s in Zimbabwe represents the only instance of radical redistributive land reforms since the end of the Cold War. It reversed the racially-skewed agrarian structure and discriminatory land tenures inherited from colonial rule, whereby over 6,000 large-scale white farmers and a few foreign and nationally- owned ...
2. Land Reform and Redistribution in Zimbabwe Since 1980
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Although it is increasingly recognised that Zimbabwe’s Fast Track Land Reform Programme (FTLRP), initiated in 2000, was redistributive (Moyo et al 2009; Scoones et al 2010), few studies have examined the qualitative character of this outcome and its prospects for progressive social and political transformation in a largely agrarian society. Most critics of the FTLRP (e.g., ...
3. A Decade of Zimbabwe’s Land Revolution: The Politics of the War Veteran Vanguard
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The Zimbabwe state, governed since 1980 by a nationalist elite with origins in the liberation movement, has experienced complex dynamics and changes regarding class relations and power in a post-colonial settler economy. The state reached a climax of political polarisation during this last decade, from 2000 to 2010. In the first two decades of independence, the ruling ...
4. Nyabira-Mazowe War Veterans’ Association: A Microcosm of the National Land Occupation Movement
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Land reforms have taken shape in many countries of the world, across all continents and at different stages of their respective development. In Zimbabwe, the Fast Track Land Reform Programme (FTLRP), an outcome of invasions and subsequent occupations of Large Scale Commercial Farms (LSCF), shook the Zimbabwean and Western aristocrats’ establishment in 2000 and has been ...
5. Changing Agrarian Labour Relations after Land Reform in Zimbabwe
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The agrarian labour relations generated after the ‘Fast Track’ Land Reform Programme (FTLRP) tend to be neglected in most literature after 2000. This neglect largely resulted from the dismissal of the redistributive nature of the FTLRP and changing patterns of agricultural production by some studies (see Marongwe 2009; Masiiwa and Chipungu 2004; Hellum and Derman 2004; Sachikonye ...
6. Changing Agrarian Relations after Redistributive Land Reform in Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe’s Fast Track Land Reform Programme (FTLRP) initiated from 2000 extensively redistributed land, mainly to peasants and working peoples (see Moyo 2011c) and, in doing so, unravelled the labour reserve economy created over a century of settler-colonial agrarian capitalism. This change has created a broader range of prospects for progressive agrarian transformation, despite the persistence ...
7. Social Organisation in the Aftermath of ‘Fast Track’: An Analysis of Emerging Forms of Local Authority, Platforms of Mobilisation and Local Cooperation
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The Fast Track Land Reform Programme (FTLRP) has led to significant social change, with approximately 160,000 families now settled in areas previously inhabited by approximately 4,000 large-scale farmers. As of 2005 most of this land was held through leases and permits issued by the state, as opposed to freehold land tenure (see Moyo, Chapter 2). Significant change was also ...
8. Media Framing of Land Reform in Zimbabwe
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That the land issue has been the epicentre of Zimbabwe’s socio-political and economic struggles since colonial times is hardly disputable. The extensive coverage of the country’s land revolution in the local and global media, particularly after the launch of the Fast Track Land Reform Programme (FTLRP) in the year 2000, attests to the potency of the mass media in public ...
9. The Zimbabwe Model: Radicalisation, Reform and Resistance
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The world system has entered a period of prolonged crisis which is already producing a new generation of radicalisms. If we were to judge from previous periods of systemic transition, the current one is likely to evolve through a series of revolutionary situations and eventually yield a handful of revolutionary ruptures, which will unleash tidal waves throughout the system. But every ...
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The Fast Track Land Reform Programme implemented during the 2000s in Zimbabwe represents the only instance of radical redistributive land reforms since the end of the Cold War. It reversed the racially-skewed agrarian structure and discriminatory land tenures inherited from colonial rule. The land reform also radicalised the state towards a nationalist, introverted accumulation strategy, against a broad array of unilateral Western ...
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Publication Year: 2013