The report observes that informal settlements or ‘squatter camps’ have mushroomed to provide shelter and sometimes land to farm workers who have lost jobs and entitlement to shelter on the farms. Such settlements exist in different provinces: in Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland East, Manicaland and Matabeleland North. Some of them are on the fringes of commercial farms; others are near small farming towns and several are close to the capital. Conditions in these settlements leave a great deal to be desired. Housing, schooling, health facilities, sanitation and water supplies are rudimentary. Food security is poor. The number of poor households is considerable.