As Zimbabwe grapples with pervasive unemployment, members of the country’s two largest industries – mining and farming – are at odds over land and resources. Now, local organizations have stepped in to resolve the differences, but whether the land can be shared remains an open question.
Winter wheat was once one of Zimbabwe’s most successful crops. But electricity shortages are making it difficult to grow, leaving Zimbabweans with the impossible choice of either waiting hours in long fuel lines to fill their generators or not growing it at all.
Deforestation in Zimbabwe is hitting the country’s timber industry hard. Industry officials say that illegal settlers are responsible for the damages, but for the settlers, it’s their livelihoods on the line.
It’s been nearly 40 years since Zimbabwe gained independence, but the war still haunts the northeastern part of the country. Despite demining efforts, active land mines riddle the area, threatening local farmers’ livestock and families.
An estimated 1.1 million people in Zimbabwe have unreliable access to food, so agricultural experts are encouraging farmers to grow drought-resistant small grains. But because maize, the country’s staple crop, fetches a higher price, it may be an uphill battle.