The Political Economy of Livelihoods in Contemporary Zimbabwe

Author: Kirk Helliker,Manase Kudzai Chiweshe,Sandra Bhatasara

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351273221

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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Since the introduction of the fast track land reform programme in 2000, Zimbabwe has undergone major economic and political shifts and these have had a profound impact on both urban and rural livelihoods. This book provides rich empirical studies that examine a range of multi-faceted and contested livelihoods within the context of systemic crises. Taking a broad political economy approach, the chapters advance a grounded and in-depth understanding of emerging and shifting livelihood processes, strategies and resilience that foregrounds agency at household level. Highlighting an emergent scholarship amongst young black scholars in Zimbabwe, and providing an understanding of how people and communities respond to socio-economic challenges, this book is an important read for scholars of African political economy, southern African studies and livelihoods.

Zimbabwe's Fast Track Land Reform

Author: Prosper B. Matondi

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1780321511

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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The Fast Track Land Reform Programme in Zimbabwe has emerged as a highly contested reform process both nationally and internationally. The image of it has all too often been that of the widespread displacement and subsequent replacement of various people, agricultural-related production systems, facets and processes. The reality, however, is altogether more complex. Providing new and much-needed empirical research, this in-depth book examines how processes such as land acquisition, allocation, transitional production outcomes, social life, gender and tenure, have influenced and been influenced by the forces driving the programme. It also explores the ways in which the land reform programme has created a new agrarian structure based on small- to medium-scale farmers. In attempting to resolve the problematic issues the reforms have raised, the author argues that it is this new agrarian formation which provides the greatest scope for improving Zimbabwe’s agriculture and development. Based on a broader geographical scope than any previous study carried out on the subject, this is a landmark work on a subject of considerable controversy.

Land, Poverty and Livelihoods in an Era of Globalization

Perspectives from Developing and Transition Countries

Author: A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi,Saturnino M. Borras Jr.,Cristóbal Kay

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134121911

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 448

View: 3782

A host of internationally eminent scholars are brought together here to explore the structural causes of rural poverty and income inequality, as well as the processes of social exclusion and political subordination encountered by the peasantry and rural workers across a wide range of countries. This volume examines the intersection of politics and economics and provides a critical analysis and framework for the study of neo-liberal land policies in the current phase of globalization. Utilizing new empirical evidence from ten countries, it provides an in-depth analysis of key country studies, a comparative analysis of agrarian reforms and their impact on rural poverty in Africa, Asia, Latin America and transition countries. Presenting an agrarian reform policy embedded in an appropriate development strategy, which is able to significantly reduce and hopefully eliminate rural poverty, this work is a key resource for postgraduate students studying in the areas of development economics, development studies and international political economy.

The Political Economy of Africa

Author: Vishnu Padayachee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136989064

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 456

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The Political Economy of Africa addresses the real possibilities for African development in the coming decades when seen in the light of the continent’s economic performance over the last half-century. This involves an effort to emancipate our thinking from the grip of western economic models that have often ignored Africa’s diversity in their rush to peddle simple nostrums of dubious merit. The book addresses the seemingly intractable economic problems of the African continent, and traces their origins. It also brings out the instances of successful economic change, and the possibilities for economic revival and renewal. As well as surveying the variety of contemporary situations, the text will provide readers with a firm grasp of the historical background to the topic. It explores issues such as: employment and poverty social policy and security structural adjustment programs and neo-liberal globalization majority rule and democratization taxation and resource mobilization. It contains a selection of country specific case studies from a range of international contributors, many of whom have lived and worked in Africa. The book will be of particular interest to higher level students in political economy, development studies, area studies (Africa) and economics in general.

Women, Mobility and Rural Livelihoods in Zimbabwe

Experiences of Fast Track Land Reform

Author: Patience Mutopo

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 900428155X

Category: Social Science

Page: 276

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This book through detailed ethnographic methodology investigates the role women play in a post fast track land environment. The author examines how the hidden access to land, enabled the women to engage in agro based livelihoods and transitory mobility through social networks.

Outcomes of post-2000 Fast Track Land Reform in Zimbabwe

Author: Lionel Cliffe,Jocelyn Alexander,Ben Cousins,Rudo Gaidzanwa

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317981251

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 2970

The struggle over land has been the central issue in Zimbabwe ever since white settlers began to carve out large farms over a century ago. Their monopolisation of the better-watered half of the land was the focus of the African war of liberation war, and was partially modified following Independence in 1980. A dramatic further episode in this history was launched at the start of the last decade with the occupation of many farms by groups of African veterans of the liberation struggle and their supporters, which was then institutionalised by legislation to take over most of the large commercial farms for sub-division. Sustained fieldwork over the intervening years, by teams of scholars and experts, and by individual researchers is now generating an array of evidence-based findings of the outcomes: how land was acquired and disposed of; how it has been used; how far new farmers have carved out new livelihoods and viable new communities; the major political and economic problems they and other stakeholders such as former farm-workers, commercial farmers, and the overall rural society now face. This book will be an essential starting place for analysts, policy-makers, historians and activists seeking to understand what has happened and to spotlight the key issues for the next decade. This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Peasant Studies.

Contested Terrain

Land Reform and Civil Society in Contemporary Zimbabwe

Author: Sam Moyo,Kirk Helliker,Tendai Murisa

Publisher: S&s Publishers


Category: Civil society

Page: 410

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Circular Migration in Zimbabwe & Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Deborah Helen Potts

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1847010237

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

View: 6608

The World Bank insists that the urban share of sub-Saharan Africa's population is rapidly increasing - this study shows that in many countries this is no longer true as migration strategies have adapted in response to economic and political change.

Making a Living

Changing Livelihoods in Rural Africa

Author: Elizabeth Francis

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415144964

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 212

View: 8467

Livelihoods in rural Africa are changing in response to disappearing job prospects, falling agricultural output and collapsing infrastructure. This book explains why the responses to these challenges are so different in different parts of Africa. Making a Living uses case studies from commercial farming regions in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe and from much poorer areas within eastern and southern give a broad comparative study of rural livelihoods. These case studies reveal how household relations, poverty and gender all play a part in the changing political economy of rural Africa.

Re-conceiving Property Rights in the New Millennium

Towards a New Sustainable Land Relations Policy

Author: Ben Chigara

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136656243

Category: Law

Page: 234

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This book constitutes volume two of a two volume examination of development community land issues in Southern Africa. Following from volume one Southern African Development Community Land Issues, this book considers the possibility of a new, sustainable land relations policy for Southern African Development Community States (SADC) that are currently mired up in land disputes that have become subject of domestic, regional and international tribunals. Chigara demonstrates that land relations in the SADC have always been, and will perhaps remain, a matter for constitutional regulation. Because constitutional laws are distinctive from other laws only by constitutional design, legal contests appear to be the least likely means for settlement in the sub-region. Only human rights inspired policies, that respond to the call for social justice by acknowledging both the current and the underlying contexts to the disputes, hold the most potential to resolve these disputes. The book recommends efficient pedagogical counter-apartheid-rule psychological distortions regarding the significance of human dignity (PECAPDISH) as a pre-requisite and corollary to the dismantling of the salient physical legacy of apartheid-rule in affected SADC States. The book shows that PECAPDISH’s potential and benefits would be enormous. The book will be of interest to students and researchers of Property and Conveyancing Law, Human Rights Law, and Land Law.

Trampled No More

Voices from Bulawayo's Townships about Families, Life, Survival, and Social Change in Zimbabwe

Author: Otrude Nontobeko Moyo

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: 9780761836360

Category: Social Science

Page: 303

View: 9959

"The stories of the Zimbabwean situation, particularly those of the urban townships of Bulawayo, are narrated through the voices of family members recounting their personal circumstances and what they perceive as the primary factors contributing to their repressed positions in the socioeconomical hierarchy. Professor Moyo goes behind the scenes in order to dismantle the simplistic "blame game" which asserts that the deterioration of Zimbabwe was caused solely by the current ZANU-PF lead government." "The study details the historical context and interpretations of history, which led to the much-discussed Zimbabwean political and economic crisis. Through the narratives of the Zimbabwean people, Professor Moyo highlights some of the acute strategies they and their families have used to survive as a way to explore future policy avenues that take into account people's "agentiveness" (the capacity to overcome unfavorable conditions by utilizing what little resources are available), Zimbabwe's greatest asset."--BOOK JACKET.

The bright lights grow fainter

livelihoods, migration and a small town in Zimbabwe

Author: Agnes Andersson

Publisher: Almqvist & Wiksell Intl

ISBN: 9789122019671

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 206

View: 2558

Small towns are growing in Africa. Located at the interface between the rural and the urban they seem to offer opportunities for households and individuals to combine resources in ways that can keep poor people afloat in the current era of dramatic transformation of their conditions for livelihood. Liberalization and structural adjustment in combination with the disastrous effects of the Aids pandemic have put heavy pressures on the conditions of poorer sections of the population. Major adjustments in livelihood strategies are obviously required.Among these are new patterns of mobility and new provisioning relations which are also bound to lead to changes in the settlement patterns. This study seeks to establish how the individual migrant uses mobility to negotiate the economic landscape

Contested Terrains And Constructed Categories

Contemporary Africa In Focus

Author: George C. Bond,Nigel C. Gibson

Publisher: Westview Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 474

View: 9151

Contested Terrains and Constructed Categories brings together intellectuals from a variety of fields, backgrounds, generations, and continents to deepen and reinvigorate the theoretical and intellectual integrity of African studies. Building on recent debate within African studies that has revolved about the role of Africanists in the United States as "gatekeepers" of knowledge about Africa and Africans, this volume of interdisciplinary essays focuses on the contested character of the production of knowledge itself. In every chapter, case studies and ethnographic materials, drawn from West, Central, East and Southern Africa, demonstrate the application of theory to concrete situations.

African Water Histories

Transdisciplinary Discourses

Author: Johann W. N. Tempelhoff

Publisher: N.A


Category: Water

Page: 368

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Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Stephen Devereux,Simon Maxwell

Publisher: Intermediate Technology


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 350

View: 1658

Food insecurity is no longer seen simply as a problem of agriculture and a failure of food production at the national level, but instead as a failure of livelihoods to guarantee access to sufficient food at household level.

Rethinking Development Challenges for Public Policy

Insights from Contemporary Africa

Author: K. Hanson,G. Kararach,T. Shaw

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230393276

Category: Political Science

Page: 297

View: 2792

Covers topical issues for Africa's development, economics and politics of climate change, water management, public service delivery, and delivering aid. The authors argue that these issues should be included in the post-MDG paradigm and add an important voice to recent moves by academics and practitioners to engage with each other.