Modelling the impact of the ‘fast track’ land reform policy on Zimbabwe's maize sector

Modelling the impact of the ‘fast track’ land reform policy on Zimbabwe's maize sector

Author: 
Kapuya, Tinashe
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2013
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Responsibility: 
Meyer, Ferdinand H., jt. author
Kirsten, Johann F., jt. author
Journal Title: 
Development Southern Africa
Source: 
Development Southern Africa, Vol. 30, No. 3, September 2013, pp. 417-436
Abstract: 

Zimbabwe has recently gone through a widely criticised land reform process that is argued to be the cause of subdued agricultural production. This paper attempts to present a counterfactual picture of the maize market in Zimbabwe had land reform been managed appropriately. The counterfactual is developed through a partial equilibrium framework in order to quantify the impact of the land reform programme. This, to our knowledge, is the first attempt at applying a partial equilibrium framework to an analysis of the impact of land reform. The results of the post-2000 land reform policy simulation showed that actual total maize output was lower than what could have been produced if it was under a pre-2000 land reform system. The study validates the assertion that land reforms contributed to the contraction of output. These results suggest the need for a well planned and executed land reform process, which can still play an important role in output growth and food security.

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CITATION: Kapuya, Tinashe. Modelling the impact of the ‘fast track’ land reform policy on Zimbabwe's maize sector . : Taylor & Francis , 2013. Development Southern Africa, Vol. 30, No. 3, September 2013, pp. 417-436 - Available at: http://library.au.int/modelling-impact-‘fast-track’-land-reform-policy-zimbabwes-maize-sector-3