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Position Announcement: Coordinator
Date of announcement: 05 February 2020
Application Deadline: 20 February 2020
The Zimbabwe Land and Agrarian Network (ZiLAN) invites applications to fill in the post of Coordinator that has arisen within its Secretariat.
Responsibilities and expectations
Under the overall authority of the ZiLAN Steering Committee and supervision of the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS), the Coordinator will be expected to provide overall leadership and management of the ZiLAN.
State, Smallholder farmers and Investments: Insights on the ‘New Dispensation’ in Zimbabwe.
The major challenge faced post Fast Track Land Reform (FTLRP) in Zimbabwe has been how to finance agrarian production given the capital flight, the attendant international isolation and an expanded peasantry base (Moyo and Nyoni 2013). Literature shows massive declines in agricultural credit, structural shifts in the producer base and differentiated commodity fluctuations in terms of volume and value. Despite all this, most literature acknowledges the redistributive outcomes of the FTLRP.Following political developments which ushered in the ‘new administration’ on the 24th of November 2017 and subsequently through the harmonised elections held on the 31st of July 2018, a strong affirmation has been made regarding the irreversibility of the programmes and policies relating to the land reforms of the 2000s and that the principle of repossessing the land remain unchallengeable.
Land tenure policy engagement workshop
Date: Monday 28 May 2018
Venue: Holiday Inn, Harare
The Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS) and the Zimbabwe Land and Agrarian Network (ZILAN) will be conducting policy dialogues on land tenure whose objective is to learn and share experiences of farmers relating to land tenure security while also influencing policy around these issues. SMAIAS will take the opportunity to present a draft paper on land tenure. The first dialogue will be held on 28 May 2018 in Harare. In early June, similar dialogues will take place in Bulawayo and Mutare. The meetings will be attended by the Zimbabwe Land Commission (ZLC), Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, researchers, CSOs as well as farmers and farmer organisations.
ZiLAN 2018 International Women’s Day Commemorations
Date: 18 May 2018
Venue: Dema Council Grounds, hosted by the Gender, Peace, Livelihoods& Security Network and the Self-Help Development Foundation.
The Zimbabwe Land and Agrarian Network (ZILAN) will hold belated 2018 International Women’s Day Commemorations on the 18th of May 2018 at Dema Council Grounds in Seke. The event will be hosted by the Gender, Peace and Security Network and the Self-Help Development Foundation (SHDF) who both work with ZiLAN. The event will run under the theme #PressforProgress towards Women’s Land rights.
The International Women’s Day is celebrated internationally on the 8th of March every year to celebrate women’s achievements and raise awareness among colleagues, communities and policy makers for gender inclusivity. As we commemorate this event, we observe that despite women’s contributing significantly to agricultural activities in Zimbabwe, they continue to be marginalised when it comes to access to land, agricultural finance and inputs. Given this context, the belated IWD commemorations will press for gender equality in agriculture at local and community level while also celebrating contributions being made by women in the agricultural sector. The event will be attended by local leaders, policy makers, women farmers, women organisations as well as ZiLAN Network members. All invited.
Platform for Youth Development commemorates International
Platform for Youth Development Trust (PYD) joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Women's Day on the 8th of March 2018 amidst fun, cheer and edutainment to celebrate culture and the role of women in rural and marginalized communities. PYD works across Chipinge and Chisumbanje areas in
Manicaland Province. The PYD IWD celebrations took place at Madhuku Growth Point in rural Chipinge.
The tobacco policy engagement workshop
ZiLAN and the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS) and the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) hosted a tobacco policy engagement workshop on the 6th of December 2017 in Harare at Pandhari Lodge. The policy dialogue was a culmination of extensive research conducted by the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS) on: Tobacco Contract Farming in Zimbabwe: Livelihoods Outcomes amongst small-scale farmers in Mashonaland Provinces and came up with a policy brief. As part of sharing the research outcomes and influencing policy, the SMAIAS, ZiLAN and the TIMB invited stakeholders for the meeting. The policy dialogue meeting was also aimed at enhancing relations between contract farmers, agribusiness, research institutes and the government for the development of the industry premised on the understanding that tobacco is a source of livelihood for many small-scale farmers while also contributing significantly to foreign exchange revenue earnings. Stakeholders who were represented at the dialogue meeting included the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Resettlements, Input suppliers, contractors and merchants, auctions floors, Agricultural Marketing Authority of Zimbabwe, research institutes, farmers and farmer associations. Some action points to guide stakeholders were adopted at the end of the meeting.
Engagement with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe over input supply for the 2017/2018 farming season
The beginning of the 2017/2018 farming season witnessed a shortage of key farming inputs mostly fertilizers and seed on the formal market which greatly affected production for small-scale farmers. The shortage of farming inputs resulted in a steep increase in prices on the few available inputs. Key input manufacturing companies bemoaned a lack of foreign currency to procure the manufacturing chemicals and ingredients as the major setback. As a network, ZiLAN wrote a letter to the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Dr John Mangudya, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Rural Resettlement requesting the authorities to allocate more foreign currency input manufacturers. As a result of this push, the final week of 2017 saw the RBZ releasing more foreign exchange to manufacturers of agricultural inputs as requested by ZiLAN. It is hoped that with adequate rains, this move will enable small-scale farmers to obtain higher yields which guarantee food security.
ZiLAN at the 2017 SADC People’s Summit
ZILAN participated at the 2017 SADC People’s Summit. The regional SADC People’s Summit took place at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg, South Africa from 14 – 18 August 2017. The network was represented by 13-member organisations, who were drawn from the network’s membership and gave a solidarity speech at the opening ceremony. Banners and pamphlets with the network’s various key messages were distributed at the summit with majority of key demands included in the official communique handed over to the heads of state. The network also took part in the Rural Women Assembly (RWA) activities where SMAIAS research findings on contract farming were presented to rural women farmers drawn from different Southern African countries. The network also interacted and exchanged notes with other like- minded groups such as Tshintsha Amakhaya, Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE), Women on Farms Project and Forum de Mulher, among a wide network of land and agrarian organisations working in the SADC region. ZiLAN also participated in the development of the communique with a list of demands which was handed over to the SADC heads of State.
SMAIAS and ZiLAN successfully hosts the regional policy dialogue and workshop
The Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS) and the Zimbabwe Land & Agrarian Network (ZiLAN) held a policy dialogue and training workshop from the 4th to the 7th of September 2017 at Cresta Lodge in Harare. The dialogue was attended by 42 participants comprising of researchers, policy makers, activists, members from the donor community and civil society organisations mainly working on land and agrarian issues from Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The first two days of the workshop discussed issues on land tenure and contract farming and how vulnerable groups such as women, youths and farm workers are affected in the three countries. Several intriguing presentations were made by representatives of the following organisations: Support Centre for Land Change (SCLC), Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE), Surplus People’s Project (SPP), Women on Farms Project (WFP), Organizacao Rural de Ajuda Mutua (ORAM), Forum de Mulher, Women and Land in Zimbabwe, Sam Moyo African Institute of Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS), La Via Campesina, Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development and the Ministry of Land and Rural Resettlement. The presentations were followed up by lively discussions around these issues. The third day of the workshop was dedicated to a field trip to Zvimba District meant to understand the livelihood impact of contract farming.
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