Land and Natural Resources in Zimbabwe: Scramble and Resistance

  • Sam Moyo
  • Walter Chambati
  • Paris YerosEmail author
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


This chapter examines the contemporary scramble by capital for the control of Zimbabwe’s land, natural resources and minerals, in light of three policies that have been elaborated and put into practice especially since 2000: the Fast-Track Land Reform Programme, the Indigenisation Policy and the Look East Policy. The chapter analyses the state-led restructuring of capital and the diversification of foreign investments under the weight of sanctions and destabilisation, as well as the promotion of accumulation strategies from below and by domestic elites. The contradictions of these processes are highlighted and their impact on the evolution of national policy and strategy. The various forms of resistance are also brought to the fore, including at the local level and at the level of regional and larger policy.


Zimbabwe Scramble Fast-track land reform Indigenisation policy Look east policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian StudiesHarareZimbabwe
  2. 2.Federal University of ABC (UFABC)São Bernardo do CampoBrazil

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