Sunday, January 04, 2004

Zimbabwe land grab failure 

Nick at The Agonist caught this Observer article that says...

A senior Zimbabwean Minister has admitted that the seizure of thousands of white-owned farms has failed to benefit large numbers of poor black farmers, many of whom have failed to take up the land that was grabbed.

A few paragraphs down, the article arrives at some shocking conclusions, such as the realization that...

The poor peasant farmers who were meant to benefit from land seizures did not have the money to buy seed, fertilisers or hoes, let alone redevelop the farmland to make it productive.

And without the title deeds, which are still held by their white owners, black farmers cannot obtain bank loans.

Critics say further problems were caused by members of the Zanu-PF elite - who often had no interest or ability in farming - seizing land and then leaving it idle. Mugabe's wife, Grace, is among those who have seized prime land.

Why does this sound familiar to me?

Looks like someone forgot the Seven P's while crafting their horrendous policies.
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