New Review: Zimbabwe’s Land Reform: Myths and Realities

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Review of Zimbabwe's Land Reform: Myths and Realities

Ten years after the generic name for cialis land invasions of 2000, this book provides the first full account of the consequences of these dramatic events. This land reform over-turned a century-old pattern of land use, one dominated by a small group of buy cheap viagra large-scale commercial farmers, many of whom were white. But what replaced it? This book 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 Zimbabwean 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.