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Title:Livestock livelihoods compromised: the dilemma of the Fast Track Land Reform and Resettlement Programme in Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe
Author:Mabhena, CliffordISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 1469-9397)
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:animal husbandry
land reform
standard of living
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2013.839226
Abstract:This article attempts to unravel the rubric of livestock rearing in Southern Matabeleland (Zimbabwe) in the aftermath of the Fast Track Land Reform and Resettlement Programme (FTLRRP). It also shows how livestock rearing has been placed high in livelihood rankings in this region. The article is based on a detailed ethnographic study of the impact of the FTLRRP in the decade 2000 to 2010 in Gwanda and Umzingwane districts, and is an extract of the author's PhD thesis entitled 'Visible hectares, vanishing livelihoods'. The broad argument of the thesis is that the land reform programme has achieved change of commercial land ownership patterns from 'white' to 'black' Zimbabweans. The programme, however, has not coupled that with the support necessary to improve the livelihoods of the majority of people in the region. One of the impediments is that the state-crafted 'one size fits all' resettlement model failed to take cognisance of the socio-economic and ecological conditions of different provinces in the country. Hence the argument in this article is that the FTLRRP could have improved livelihoods of people in this region if livestock rearing was given priority and support by the state. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]