Bumper Zimbabwe harvest prompts bigger bet on “command agriculture”

Critics argue the centralised subsidy scheme has some major gaps and is unsustainable

By Tawanda Majoni

Zimbabwe is expected to harvest 2.1 million metric tonnes of maize this year after good rains followed successive El Niño-induced droughts. For the first time in many seasons the country will be able to feed itself and not require commercial imports or food aid. But is this the result of good fortune or good policy?

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