Jun 22, 2005

"No more urban farming in Zimbabwe" [LINK]

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has already destroyed his country's agricultural base in an effort to seize farms from white owners and give them to his cronies. This has led to economic ruin, starvation, and plummeting life expectancy rates. Now Mugabe has outlawed "urban agriculture" — city-dwellers' practice of growing their own food on small plots of land, which officials say causes "land degradation." Under a 2000 land reform effort, the urban poor are obliged to produce food on plots of land outside the cities.

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