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
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
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Source Africanus: Journal of Development Studies; Vol. 49 No. 1 (2019); 24 pages
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Unisa Press

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