Uncertainty and the Zimbabwean economy

Over the last month, there have been a number of reviews of progress – or the lack of it – since the ‘coup’ of November 2017...

What does pro-poor rural development mean for Zimbabwe?

During last year’s election campaign, Tendai Biti from the opposition MDC, characterised the rural areas as ‘reservoirs of...

Water, sanitation and energy supply in Masvingo’s communal areas

When we started our research on the new resettlement areas in the early 2000s, one of...

Institutions, social relations and rural development in Zimbabwe

Social and political relations are central to land and agricultural production. Unlike in the resettlement areas, where...

Livestock production: the limits of extensive systems in Zimbabwe

As the previous blog described, the communal area sites we have been studying in Masvingo rarely produced sufficient...

Agriculture in Masvingo’s communal areas: limited prospects

We investigated agricultural production across our communal area sites throughout Masvingo province during the 2016 and...

Land and tenure in Zimbabwe’s communal areas: why land reform was needed

Access to land is central to the livelihoods of rural people, but in the communal areas...

Livelihoods assets: differentiated development in Zimbabwe

Last week’s blog introduced this blog series on communal area development in Zimbabwe, and the comparisons...

Are communal areas in Zimbabwe too poor for development?

Communal areas are where the majority of rural people live in Zimbabwe. With an estimated population...

Young people, land and agriculture in Zimbabwe: big challenges ahead

A new paper based on our work with young people in post-land land reform resettlement areas is out...

Robert Mugabe: a complex legacy

Robert Mugabe died on September 6th in Singapore after a long illness, and the press has been full...

South Africa’s land report: Zimbabwe lessons?

South Africa’s land panel finally produced its report at the end of July. At 144 pages it’s an...

Catch-up on Zimbabweland

Zimbabweland is taking a break for a few weeks, so it’ a good time to catch...

Boris as PM: it’s no laughing matter

African leaders from across the continent have dutifully congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming the new British...

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