Zimbabwe Takes Back its Land

Jeanette Manjengwa & Joseph Hanlon



The news from Zimbabwe is usually unremittingly bleak. Perhaps no issue has aroused such ire as the land reforms in 2000, when 170,000 black farmers occupied 4,000 white farms. A decade later, with production returning to former levels, the land reform story is a contrast to the dominant media narratives of oppression and economic stagnation.


Provides a panoramic assessment of the land question in Zimbabwe over the last century.... it is critical about various deficiencies of the fast-track land reform process and the subsequent agrarian reforms... -Sam Moyo, African Institute for Agrarian Studies


Jeanette Manjengwa is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Zimbabwe. She was previously Chair of the Centre for Applied Social Sciences, and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies, University of Zimbabwe.

Joseph Hanlon is a journalist, social scientist and Senior Lecturer in Development Policy and Practice at the Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.