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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Command agriculture pays off for Zimbabwe; returns to maize selfsustainability

Zimbabwe will be self-sufficient in maize production for the first time in nearly a decade. The country will also not have to import any maize in the 2017/’18 marketing year. According to the recent grain and feed annual report issued by the USA’s Department of Agriculture, the country will have…

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