Zimbabwe: Land Reform Underfinanced and Failing
Business Day (Johannesburg)
16 August 2010
Johannesburg — Another story of an African farm, in Zimbabwe, one that accounted for 15 percent of the countries cotton crop was stolen at the end of a machete and has reverted to pre-subsistence as farmers get food handouts
Mavis Muchena sits on the veranda of her mud hut, a middle-aged single mother of four with a face worn beyond her years and hands creased from working the soil.
She should represent the future of a renewed farming boom in Zimbabwe, but instead she represents its failure.
Muchena and 100 others arrived at Yomba Farm, near Raffingora some 150 kilometres west of Harare, six years ago from rural Guruve. Armed with machetes and rifles, they threatened to kill the farmer if he interfered with their takeover. This was during the height of Zimbabwe’s forced, chaotic and [continue reading]