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Type Journal Article - Journal of Political Ecology
Title Exclusion and contests over wetlands used for farming in Zimbabwe: a case study of broad-ridge and broad-furrow tillage system on Zungwi Vlei
Volume 21
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
Page numbers 323-338
URL http://jpe.library.arizona.edu/volume_22/Mbereko.pdf
In Zimbabwe, a broad-ridge and broad-furrow tillage system was promoted by the state, scientists and a nongovernmental
organisation for its presumed agronomic and environmental viability and economic returns for
small farmers. Zungwi vlei, a wetland of value to the community was transformed from a common use
natural resource into a limited access broad-ridge and broad-furrow irrigation landscape that benefited a
small number of people. Our study sought to understand conflicts over natural resources access, use and
management arising from this land use change. The study adopted mixed methods combining qualitative and
quantitative data collection tools. The results indicated the presence of a wide range of internal and external
conflicts following the transformation of the landscape. Prior to the transformation, low levels of conflict
were noted. We concluded that despite the ability of the broad-ridge and furrow tillage system to boost
agricultural productivity per square meter, it triggered considerable resource use conflicts as fewer families
directly benefited from the innovation.

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