Learning from past and current food security efforts and challenges in Zimbabwe: The years 1430–2020

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies

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Title Learning from past and current food security efforts and challenges in Zimbabwe: The years 1430–2020
Creator Ngwenya, Sifelani Lunga, Wilfred van Eeden, Elize S.
Subject Disaster Risk Reduction;Food Security; Resilience food security; food insecurity; precolonial; colonial; postcolonial; challenges
Description Zimbabwe has been experiencing food insecurity for many centuries. This study sought to explore and learn from Zimbabwe’s past and current food security (FS) efforts and challenges, through three historical periods, namely the precolonial, colonial and postcolonial, from about 1430 to 2020. The year 1430 marks the establishment of the Monomotapa state, one of the starting points for Zimbabwe’s own national reconstruction. Adopting a qualitative paradigm, data were obtained using document review and interviewing 85 purposively selected key informants, some of whom were found using snowballing. The study found that the adopted FS strategies during the precolonial, colonial and postcolonial periods were dynamic and mainly derived by new political agendas and crises. The food production and storage aspects of the colonial period were built around agricultural extension services and Grain Marketing Board strategies. The postcolonial period FS initiatives pivoted on humanitarian and development programs. Zimbabwe’s FS initiatives across the three historical periods remain susceptible to various challenges (droughts, political antagonism, bureaucracy, partisanship, corruption, incapacitation and weak support systems). As such, Zimbabwe’s food insecurity levels remain far away from being a reality, unless the identified challenges are taken head-on by all stakeholders. Therefore, the study recommends that informed local wisdom be given space in finding a lasting solution to food insecurity. Meanwhile, multistakeholder inclusivity, knowledge development and management should be made the crux of FS-related initiatives. This could foster new partnerships and encourage the ethic of working together and participation towards ensuring FS.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor North-West University bursaries, the post-graduate tuition and post-graduate international students
Date 2022-09-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Historical inquiry; Survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jamba.v14i1.1210
Source Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; Vol 14, No 1 (2022); 9 pages 1996-1421 2072-845X
Language eng
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Coverage Matabeleland South Region — age,gender, experience, leadership,and participation
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Sifelani Ngwenya, Wilfred Lunga, Elize S. van Eeden https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0