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Title   The situation of commercial farm workers after land reform in Zimbabwe
Author Farm Community Trust of Zimbabwe; by Lloyd Sachikonye
Edition PDF
Published Harare: FCTZ
Year 2003-03-31
Pages 93
Abstract This report aims to assess the situation of farm workers, in particular the profound effects of the fast-track land reform. Most farm workers face a very difficult situation. Up to two-thirds of them are jobless and landless. In many cases this means they have lost their entitlement to housing on the farms, to basic social services (health and education), and to subsidised food. Displaced workers are stranded on farms, while others seek to find shelter in fast-growing ‘informal settlements’ where social conditions are desperate. The study investigates these conditions and the coping strategies of farm workers. It also analyses the following: (1) the impact of the decline in food security on farm workers; (2) the effects of the HIV-AIDS epidemic on their livelihoods and family structure; (3) the evolving relationships between farm workers, small farmers and commercial farmers; (4) the gender dimension in employment and access to land; (5) the immediate and long-term needs of farm workers.

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