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Zimbabwe offers land as compensation for 800 seized farms

Harare | Reuters — Zimbabwe’s government will offer land as compensation for nearly 800 farms it seized under its land acquisition policy since 2000, according to regulations published on Thursday. Under former President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe took over some 5,000 farms, mostly from white farmers, saying the policy was meant to address colonial imbalances. But

Zimbabwe to give white farmers 99-year leases

Harare | Reuters — Zimbabwe will issue 99-year leases to white farmers, according to a government circular, after new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he would end discrimination along racial lines in agriculture. Fewer than 400 white farmers are still operating in the southern African nation, after former president Robert Mugabe’s government evicted more than 4,000

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on as he chairs ZANU PF’s Politburo meeting in Harare on Dec. 13. Photo: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe orders illegal settlers to vacate farms

Harare | Reuters — Zimbabwe’s new agriculture minister on Wednesday ordered illegal occupiers of farms to vacate the land immediately, a move that could ultimately see some white farmers who say they were unfairly evicted return to farming. Perrance Shiri, a military hardliner who was head of the air force before being picked for the

Vurayayi Pugeni, who works with the Mennonite Central Committee out of Winnipeg and Score Against Poverty, a Zimbabwean NGO, says a project designed by the University of Manitoba’s Martin Entz and his colleagues has brought food security to his Zimbabwean village through innovations such as intercropping 
with legumes.

Manitoba project aids Zimbabwean food security

Hemp Genetics International thinks Canadian and Zimbabwean farmers can learn from each other

If you had four children, but only enough food to feed one, how would you choose? It’s a choice Vurayayi Pugeni’s mother had to make when he was growing up in Zimbabwe. Fortunately it’s not one mothers today in Pugeni’s village have to make because they enjoy food security, thanks in part to a research

A bill allowing state expropriations of South African farmland now goes to President Jacob Zuma, shown here Wednesday at Africa Day celebrations in Cape Town, for his signature. (South African Government GCIS photo via Flickr)

South Africa’s parliament approves land expropriation bill

Johannesburg | Reuters — South Africa’s parliament on Thursday approved a bill allowing state expropriations of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership, an emotive issue two decades after the end of apartheid. Most of South Africa’s land remains in white hands and many commercial and small-scale farmers are currently facing tough times because

One of the projects selected is organic baobab tree-based products from Zimbabwe.

British charities hoping ‘Dragons’ Den’ model will tempt investors

Plan will allow the companies to access business support and 'patient capital,' says expert adviser

Businesses in developing countries could soon be headed into the “Dragons’ Den.” British charities have created a syndicate through which investors can back hand-picked businesses in developing nations using a model similar to the TV series, in which entrepreneurs pitch ideas to prospective funders. Around 70 per cent of small and medium-size businesses in developing

Victoria Falls, on the Zambezi River on Zimbabwe’s northwestern border with Zambia. (

Zimbabwe mulls treasury bills to compensate evicted farmers

Harare | Reuters — Zimbabwe’s government may issue treasury bills, along with imposing a land levy, to raise money to compensate evicted white farmers but the process will take a long time to settle, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Thursday. President Robert Mugabe early this month agreed to major reforms, including compensation for white farmers,