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ZIMBABWE'S FAST TRACK LAND REFORM: Land Use Practices, Livelihoods And The Natural Environment At Three Resettled Areas In Kadoma District, Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE'S FAST TRACK LAND REFORM: Land Use Practices, Livelihoods And The Natural Environment At Three Resettled Areas In Kadoma District, Zimbabwe

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  • ISBN-13: 9783843382823
  • Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
  • Release Date: Dec 13, 2010
  • Pages: 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.66 x 5.91 inches

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Overview

This research appraises the impact of the Fast Track Land Reform Programme at three resettled communities in Kadoma District, Zimbabwe. In particular it assesses the livelihood practices of land recipients and their effects on the natural environment. Despite acquiring natural capital from the resettlement process, the findings of this research show low levels of financial, physical and social capital amongst beneficiaries. Moreover climatic variability, the declining macro-economic and unstable political environment in the country and little support from government adversely affected the livelihoods of beneficiaries. The implication of all this has been a reduction in livelihoods that are based solely on agricultural production, leading to off-farm practices primarily exploiting the natural environment. The long term effect would be increased degradation of the environment, leading to reduced arable and grazing land, and thereby hindering sustainable livelihoods from farming. Recommendations are proposed based on this research's findings being typical in Zimbabwe.

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