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Socio-Economic Characterisation of Resettled Smallholders in Rural Zimbabwe

Version 1 : Received: 22 June 2020 / Approved: 24 June 2020 / Online: 24 June 2020 (14:04:49 CEST)

How to cite: Ndhlovu, E. Socio-Economic Characterisation of Resettled Smallholders in Rural Zimbabwe. Preprints 2020, 2020060300 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0300.v1). Ndhlovu, E. Socio-Economic Characterisation of Resettled Smallholders in Rural Zimbabwe. Preprints 2020, 2020060300 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0300.v1).

Abstract

The analyses of the socio-economic consequences of the 2000s land redistribution in Zimbabwe have always been biased towards the analyses of the ‘production’ and ‘redistributive’ aspects while other equally important features such as ‘social cohesion’, ‘cooperation’, ‘protection’, and ‘accumulation’ amongst beneficiaries are neglected. Using the Sangwe farm in Chiredzi as a case study, this article departs from the conventional use of the political economy, sustainable livelihoods, human rights-based and neo-patrimonial approaches. It experiments with the transformative social policy approach positing that this approach includes the features which are ignored in dominant analyses. Using both quantitative and qualitative data in an exploratory research design, the article shows that viewed from this social policy perspective, the 2000s land reform was not a mere resounding success nor was it a complete disaster. The programme actually produced mixed results. There is therefore, the need to deploy eclectic approaches in the analysis of its consequences.

Subject Areas

Chiredzi; livelihoods; Sangwe; smallholders; transformative social policy; Zimbabwe

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