Command agriculture and the politics of subsidies

Command agriculture – a major, private-sector-backed subsidy programme implemented by the Government of Zimbabwe – has been hailed as a massive success, especially following the huge maize harvest reaped this year.  President Mugabe recently described command agriculture as ‘beautiful’.  The programme, led by the Vice President, Emerson Mnangagwa, with the ministry of agriculture…

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Subsidy blows for farmers

In order to save Zambia from its economic turmoil, president Edgar Lungu pledged to remove or reduce energy and agricultural subsidies in order to acquire a loan from the IMF to the value of $1,2 billion, his spokesperson, Amos Chanda said. “The president has promised to move rapidly to either…

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