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Zimbabwe is rich in mineral resources, has a favourable climate and an enormous potential in agriculture. For African standards, Zimbabwe has a well-educated population. The country was the “breadbasket” of Southern Africa, but because of the land reforms from the year 2000 onwards agricultural production plummeted. Before, Zimbabwe had an efficient agricultural sector dominated by a limited number of big commercial farms. Now the farms have been divided between many farmers with small plots of land. To achieve previously attained levels of production, large investments in knowledge and equipment are necessary. After a long period of economic crisis and hyperinflation, the Zimbabwean economy has stabilised because of dollarization of the economy. The dollarization initially caused strong economic growth, but at the moment the economy is stagnating. The political situation and the protection of investments are still uncertain. The political landscape is splintered and it is not yet clear who will succeed President Mugabe (91). Investing in Zimbabwe is high risk, high reward, there are certainly risks, but the potential of Zimbabwe is enormous!

nieuws en ervaringen

Van links naar rechts: Staand: Anne Mieke van der Werf, Tim van Galen, Arianne Leuftink en Walle Oppedijk van Veen Zittend: Paulo Bononi Bello (bestuurder ForestEffectFund) en Bas Pulles (directeur Internationale Programma’s)