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Combating neglected tropical diseases: more than just drugs and vaccines
April 29, 2017 / Our blog
Neglected tropical diseases have been in the news this week. A big meeting at the World Health Organisation in Geneva has resulted in big pledges from the UK aid progamme and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to banish the

Diverse life courses: difficult choices for young people in rural Zimbabwe
April 29, 2017 / Our blog
To get a sense of how livelihoods are composed, we must look over time, and get a picture of emerging life courses. Across the 25 detailed interviews we undertook there is huge variety, just among the 20-31 year olds who

How are the children of Zimbabwe’s land reform beneficiaries making a living?
April 29, 2017 / Our blog
How have young people who grew up on farms allocated to their parents as part of the ‘fast-track’ land reform fared in the period after leaving school? In our studies, we have explored the life courses of those who are

Imagined futures: what will rural school leavers being doing in 20 years?
March 29, 2017 / Our blog
What do young people imagine they will be doing in the future and what obstacles lie in their way? These were questions we posed to a total of 84 Form IV students in 3 schools in or very near to

Young people and agriculture: implications for post-land reform Zimbabwe
March 29, 2017 / Our blog
‘Youth’ have recently become the centre of development debates, particularly around African agriculture. A poorly defined category of young people – maybe adults, sometimes children – youth are presented in relation to a dizzying array of policy narratives. To get

The future of medium-scale commercial farms in Africa: lessons from Zimbabwe
March 1, 2017 / Our blog
Important changes are afoot in the size structure of farms in Africa. The rise of ‘medium-scale’ farms is often pointed to. From studies in Kenya, Ghana, Zambia and elsewhere, carried out by Michigan State University, a pattern of consolidation of

What is the future for medium-sized commercial farms in Zimbabwe?
February 2, 2017 / Our blog
Zimbabwe’s land reform created two ‘models’ for resettlement farms – one relatively small-scale, the A1 schemes, and one medium to large-scale, the A2 farms. A1 farms now cover (very) approximately 4.2 m ha including around 150,000 farms and A2 farms

“No condition is permanent”: small-scale commercial farming in Zimbabwe
January 15, 2017 / Our blog
In this week’s blog, I want to present two cross-generational case studies of Purchase Area (now small-scale farming area) farms, based on interviews carried out earlier this year in Mushagashe and Dewure SSCFAs in Masvingo Province. They are not in

The changing fortunes of former farm workers in Zimbabwe
November 17, 2016 / Our blog
A recurrent theme is the sense of new freedoms, but also extreme challenges and precarity. Reflections on the past focus on control, ordering and disciplining, but also stability and the certainty of a wage. As the testimonies show, farmers were

Debating Open Data and Land Governance – 6-20 September
September 1, 2016 / Our blog
In land governance, a sector ripe for abuse and corruption, transparency is critical in ensuring land use and allocation is fair and accountable and that tenure rights can be defended and protected. The opaque nature of land administration systems and