The Land is the Economy: Revisiting the Land Question

July 2005
Lloyd Sachikonye (African Security Review, 14, 3, 2005, pp.31-44)

Revisits Zimbabwe’s land question 5 years after the launching of the ‘fast-track’ land redistribution programme which has created a new paradigm, the consequences of which will take many years to work through the country’s political, economic, and social fabric. Briefly defines old and new versions of Zimbabwe’s land question before outlining salient aspects of the reform process. Assesses the outcomes of the redistribution, the apparent lacuna between land and agrarian reform, and the debate the reform process has kindled. Makes recommendations on what is necessary to secure land and agrarian reform in the short, medium, and long term.