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Title:Women, mobility and rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe: experiences of fast track land reform
Author:Mutopo, PatienceISNI
Series:Afrika-Studiecentrum series (ISSN 1570-9310)
City of publisher:Leiden
ISBN:9789004279438; 9789004281554
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:women farmers
land reform
rural economy
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/48875
Abstract:This book is based on iterative multi-sited ethnographic research at Merrivale farm, Tavaka village, Zimbabwe, and various locations in South Africa. The author reveals how the dynamics generated by fast-track land reform potentially offer new development opportunities - specifically for women. The findings challenge existing notions and opinions about women's rural land use, livelihoods, and rural development. The book examines how negotiations and bargaining by women with family, State, and traditional actors have proved useful in accessing land in Mwenezi district, Zimbabwe. The hidden, complex, and innovative ways adopted by women to access land and shape livelihoods based on transitory mobility are examined. The role of collective action, conflicts, conflict resolution, and women's agency in overcoming the challenges associated with trading in South Africa are examined within the ambit of the sustainable livelihoods framework, a gendered approach to land reform and social networks. [Book abstract]