I would like to thank many individuals and organisations who assisted during this study. They are too numerous to mention, but I am profoundly grateful to all of them. Godfrey Magaramombe and Grace Buhera of the Farm Community Trust of Zimbabwe (FCTZ) were extremely supportive at every stage of the research. The staff at the Commercial Farmers’ Union (CFU), the National Employment Council for the Agricultural Industry and the General Agricultural and Plantation Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ), and officials from government departments and local authorities were also helpful. The research assistants, team leaders and drivers were tireless in their efforts during the difficult phase of gathering field data.
Many thanks, too, to the respondents — more than 1,000 of them — who patiently answered the questions put to them. I hope that their voices will be heard through this report. A number of people provided comments on the first draft: for this I am grateful to Steve Kibble, Robin Palmer, Blair Rutherford and, for their kind assistance, to Kaori Izumi, Brian Raftopoulos and Lynn Walker. Finally, I am indebted to the staff who did the data analysis, and to Tawanda for helping with the tables.