President Emmerson Mnangagwa is planning to parcel out vast tracts of prime horticultural land to the Belarusian government in a deal that will see the eastern European nation farming and exporting produce.
Mauritius-based Sunbird Bionergy is pursuing a US$190 million cassava outgrower ethanol project in Zimbabwe's Luena farm block that includes a seedlings plantation that will eventually cover 10,000 ha.
In order to facilitate private sector investment in agriculture, the Government of Zimbabwe will expedite issuance of bankable 99 year leases to allow farmers access to funding from financial institutions.
Locals allege the Green Fuel ethanol plant has grabbed land and displaced families without compensation, polluted water supplies, and failed to pay its workers — leaving them with few options in a region beset by drought.
Based on new research in four African countries, Professor Ian Scoones says far from being on a land-grabbing spree in Africa, Chinese immigrant farmers and the deployment of Chinese agricultural technology and training programmes are having a positive impact.