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Title:The Communal Lands Reorganisation Programme in Zimbabwe
Author:Brand, CoenraadISNI
Periodical:Review of Rural and Urban Planning in Southern and Eastern Africa
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
communal lands
Abstract:The Communal Lands (or Communal Areas) Reorganization Programme (CLRP or CARP) adopted in Zimbabwe in the mid-1980s aims at a restructuring and reorganization of dispersed settlements, at a more productive use of agricultural land, at a more cost-effective provision of social services and infrastructure, and (later) at the provision of rural housing. After several years it is not easy to get an accurate picture of the precise state of the programme, but it is clear that progress is limited. The lack of progress is ascribed to financial and sociopolitical factors. Funds allocated to departments involved in the CLRP have been well below budget proposals, while land to resettle people elsewhere in Zimbabwe is hardly made available. However, the most important impediment to the programme is the opposition of the inhabitants of the Communal Areas, who fear they may loose in various ways, including loss of land, livestock and autonomy on their farm. Bibliogr., notes, ref.