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New research on land reform in Zimbabwe

Here is a useful summary of the papers presented by Leila Sinclair-Bright, Gareth James and Grasian Mkodzongi, at the ASAUK conference last week.

To accompany the recording of the discussion, here is a link to my own PowerPoint slides, which should help to further illustrate the points made during my presentation. I’m afraid it doesn’t make much sense without them, so I hope that those who are interested find this additional material both interesting and useful.

 

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As mentioned last week, the University of Sussex hosted the major biennial UK African Studies Association conference. Around 600 delegates were registered, and there was a real buzz, with panels on every conceivable topic from every corner of the continent. Quite a few papers reported on new work from Zimbabwe, and land and politics was a recurrent theme. In the end we had a single panel of three papers (as several panellists had to drop out at the last minute). It was a fascinating session to a standing-room-only audience.

The three panellists all reported on new research in the now not-so-new resettlements, representing different geographic areas, and diverse methodologies. All looked at how new livelihoods are being carved out following land reform in A1 sites. This included in-depth reflections on the relationships between farmers and farmworkers, a quantitative assessment of production outcomes across sites compared to communal and old resettlement…

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Welcome to ‘Researching Zimbabwe’

welcome pictureWelcome to the blog Researching Zimbabwe which provides researchers with a platform for discussing, debating and disseminating research on issues relating to land, agriculture and livelihoods in Zimbabwe. The blog is edited by Gareth James and Grasian Mkodzongi. Both are doctoral students at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and both have conducted fieldwork in the new resettlement areas of Zimbabwe. If you would like to contribute to the blog, please click on ‘Become an Author’ at the top of the page.