Seized Farmland Returned To Whites Amid Zimbabwe Food Shortage

<p>Food shortages and economic decline have forced Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to rescind his 2005 land reform decision to seize all farmland from white farmers. Land has already been returned to 19 white farmers, while more await lease approval.</p>
January 4, 2007, 10am PST | Nate Berg
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"Since November, 19 white farmers who lost ownership of their land have been granted 99-year, government-backed leases on resettled farms in a spectacular U-turn by President Robert Mugabe."

"In July 2005 Mr Mugabe declared that his land reform policy would be complete only when there was "not a single white on the farms". But a contracting economy, hyperinflation touching 1,100% and food shortages have forced the authorities to allow some interested whites to return."

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Published on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 in The Guardian Unlimited
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