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The political Economy of Agricultural Commercialisation in Zimbabwe

Show simple item record Shonhe, T 2018-11-06T08:30:31Z 2018-11-06T08:30:31Z 2018-04
dc.identifier.citation Shonhe, Toendepi. (2018) The political economy of agricuktural commercialisation in Zimbabwe en
dc.identifier.issn 978-78118-451-6
dc.description.abstract Debates on Zimbabwe’s agricultural development have centred on different framings of agriculture viability and land redistribution, which are often antagonistic. Yet, emerging evidence of agricultural commercialisation pathways shows complex and differentiated deepening and stagnations across settlement models. Normative– political constructions of ‘good’, ‘modern’ and ‘progressive’, as advocated by large-scale farmers and some bureaucrats, are countered by proponents for redistribution, mainly the landless rural peasants, keen on social and economic justice as well as democratic land ownership. Across the divide, commercialisation of agriculture is seen as efficient and poverty-reducing. This paper explores how these contrasting debates have played out in Zimbabwe over time, and what interests are aligned with different positions. The paper locates the discussion in a critical examination of the politics of agrarian change and presents a political economy and policy process review of winners and losers in commercialisation. en
dc.description.sponsorship APRA - Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher APRA working paper 12, Future Agriculture Consortium en
dc.subject Agricultural commercialisation; political economy; Zimbabwe en
dc.title The political Economy of Agricultural Commercialisation in Zimbabwe en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.description.department Development Studies en

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