Land & Agrarian Reform in Zimbabwe

Beyond White Settler Capitalism

Sam Moyo & Walter Chambati


  • Codesria
  • Dakar
  • 2013
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 372 pages


The Fast Track Land Reform Programme implemented during the 2000s in Zimbabwe represents the only instance of radical redistributive land reforms since the end of the Cold War. It reversed the racially-skewed agrarian structure and discriminatory land tenures inherited from colonial rule. The land reform also radicalised the state towards a nationalist, introverted accumulation strategy, against a broad array of unilateral Western sanctions. Indeed, Zimbabwe's land reform, in its social and political dynamics, must be compared to the leading land reforms of the twentieth century, which include those of Mexico, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Cuba and Mozambique.


Land & Agrarian Reform in Zimbabwe highlights some of the resonances between the Zimbabwean land struggles and those on the continent, as well as in the South in general ...calling for greater endogenous empirical research...


The late Prof Sam Moyo was Professor of Agrarian Studies, founder member and Executive Director of the African Institute for Agrarian Studies (AIAS).

Walter Chambati is a researcher at the African Institute for Agrarian Studies (AIAS) in Harare and was the Future Agriculture’s Consortium Research Fellow for 2011.