n African Renaissance - Land reform revisited

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Land is a sensitive, even sacred, issue in many parts of the world. ''I shall never sell the land! Bit by bit, I will dig up the fields and feed the earth itself to the children and when they die I will bury them in the land, and I and my wife and my old father, even he, we will die on the land that has given us birth.'' This sentiment, expressed by Pearl S. Buck in 1932's , remains a strongly held conviction among farmers today. Yet land has increasingly emerged as a political tool in places like Zimbabwe, used as much to redistribute wealth as to punish the wealthy. The challenge of fairly distributing land that, for historical or political reasons, has been concentrated in the hands of a few wealthy, mostly white, owners has been around for centuries, and demands for land redistribution echoed across the developing world throughout the Cold War era. Now, in places like Zimbabwe and its immediate neighborhood, these demands are back, and in their latest form, they are no less challenging from a political, cultural, or economic perspective.

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