Rural livelihoods in the pandemic: notes from Zimbabwe

Half a million people have now been vaccinated in Zimbabwe, but this is still only 3.5% of the population....

Beyond the silver bullet solution: towards a ‘systems agronomy’ perspective

The previous two blogs (here and here) have discussed the Pfumvudza conservation agriculture programme that has become a...

Conservation agriculture: latest experiences from Zimbabwe

In the last blog, I introduced the Pfumvudza programme in Zimbabwe, a version of conservation agriculture that has...

Can the Pfumvudza conservation agriculture programme deliver food security in Zimbabwe?

It looks like it’s going to be a good harvest this year in Zimbabwe....

FAO recognises farmer-led irrigation as a major contributor to agricultural development

Buried deep in a long report on water and agriculture by FAO – the flagship state...

Medium-scale commercial farming in Zimbabwe: how has it fared since land reform?

There are those who are beneficiaries of patronage for sure, including via Command Agriculture...

The rich people’s virus? Latest reflections from Zimbabwe

A disease of the urban rich and powerful?...

Can South Africa help find a way out of Zimbabwe’s on-going crises?

I don’t know how many times this blog has commented on the worsening economic and political...

‘The land is the economy, the economy is the land’, but does this include young people?

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Lockdown politics: reflections from Zimbabwe

Another very severe lockdown was imposed on 2 January, with strict movement restrictions...

Unequal land, unequal societies

The report adopts a new methodology for exploring land inequalities, taking account not just of patterns...

Women and young people in Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 economy

I had another catch-up with colleagues in Zimbabwe recently, reflecting on the COVID-19 situation and its...

Land reform in Matabeleland: the challenges of living in a harsh, variable environment

The land reform story in Matabeleland has been under-researched, but now there are some new findings...

The return of fortress conservation: why excluding people means biodiversity conservation will fail

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