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Title:The New Scramble for the African Countryside
Author:Dzingirai, Vupenyu
Periodical:Development and Change
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:Tonga (Zambia, Zimbabwe)
customary law
land law
wildlife protection
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
External link:https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-7660.00304
Abstract:Using the case of Campfire, a community wildlife conservation project in Zimbabwe, the author advances two related arguments: 1) Contrary to the increasing rhetoric from the State, the private sector and some environmental organizations, community wildlife conservation initiatives are delivering barely discernible benefits to peasants in the countryside who suffer wildlife-related crop and livestock raids. In fact, these benefits are mostly monopolized by the State and private business, who claim to act in the name of community conservation and community development; 2) what matters to local communities is that these new partnerships are curtailing villagers' customary rights to land and disrupting existing household livelihood strategies organized around such rights. The argument presented in this paper derives from a mix of the author's fieldwork for a doctoral thesis and some years of work as an environmental practitioner in Zimbabwe, among the Tonga of the Zambezi Valley, a Campfire target community. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]