The Situation of Commercial Farm Workers after Land Reform in Zimbabwe


Those who should act on this recommendation are: government, local and international NGOs, private sector and donor agencies



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Those who should act on this recommendation are: government, local and international NGOs, private sector and donor agencies.




  1. Infrastructure and social services

The report shows that in the aftermath of reform, infrastructure and social services on most farms that were acquired for resettlement have collapsed. Also, there is little or no infrastructure or services in most newly settled areas: no roads, electricity, protected water supplies, schools or clinics. While previous resettlement schemes included systematic planning for and investment in such infrastructure and services, this was absent in the current schemes. There is a danger of the spread of disease and prolonged disruption of children’s schooling, unless infrastructure and services are put in place. But this will require holistic planning and very substantial resources. These facilities would serve the needs not only of farm workers, but also of newly settled small farmers. Several parliamentary portfolio committees have testified to the difficulties the new settlers are experiencing owing to the collapse or absence of infrastructure and services. The infrastructure and services that previously existed on the farms must be repaired or revived. This is a daunting task but an essential one.

Those who should act on this recommendation include government, donor countries and agencies, local and international NGOs, new commercial farmers, GAPWUZ and Parliament.







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