Journal Article

Review of African Political Economy;46

Young People and Land in Zimbabwe: Livelihood Challenges After Land Reform

Published on 8 August 2019

This article explores the livelihood challenges and opportunities of young people following Zimbabwe’s land reform in 2000.

The article explores the life courses of a cohort of men and women, all children of land reform settlers, in two contrasting smallholder land reform sites. Major challenges to social reproduction are highlighted, reflected in an extended ‘waithood’, while some opportunities for accumulation are observed, notably in intensive agricultural production and agriculture-linked business enterprises. In conclusion, the implications of generational transfer of land, assets and livelihood opportunities are discussed in the context of Zimbabwe’s agrarian reform.

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Scoones, I., Mavedzenge B. and Murimbarimba F. (2019) 'Young people and land in Zimbabwe: livelihood challenges after land reform' Review of African Political Economy, 46:159, 117-134, DOI: 10.1080/03056244.2019.1610938


Ian Scoones

Professorial Fellow

Blasio Mavedzenge
Felix Murimbarimba

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