The Agrarian Question in Contemporary Zimbabwe

Africanus: Journal of Development Studies

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Title The Agrarian Question in Contemporary Zimbabwe
 
Creator Shonhe, Toendepi
 
Subject Agrarian Question
agrarian surplus
re-industrialisation
commodity production
 
Description The reinvestment of rural agrarian surplus is driving capital accumulation in Zimbabwe's countryside, providing a scope to foster national (re-) industrialisation and job creation. Contrary to Bernstein's view, the Agrarian Question on capital remains unresolved in Southern Africa. Even though export finance, accessed through contract farming, provides an impetus for export cash crop production, and the government-mediated command agriculture supports food crop production, the reinvestment of proceeds from the sale of agricultural commodities is now driving capital accumulation. Drawing from empirical data, gathered through surveys and in-depth interviews from Hwedza district and Mvurwi farming area in Mazowe district in Zimbabwe, the findings of this study revealed the pre-eminence of the Agrarian Question, linked to an ongoing agrarian transition in Zimbabwe. This agrarian capital elaborates rural-urban interconnections and economic development, following two decades of de-industrialisation in Zimbabwe. 
 
Publisher Unisa Press
 
Date 2019-08-30
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://upjournals.co.za/index.php/Africanus/article/view/5713
10.25159/2663-6522/5713
 
Source Africanus: Journal of Development Studies; Vol. 49 No. 1 (2019); 24 pages
2663-6522
0304-615X
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://upjournals.co.za/index.php/Africanus/article/view/5713/3954
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Unisa Press
 

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