We have for some time now been assisting John Laurie and the Compensation Steering Committee who have been holding negotiations with the Zimbabwean Government for many years in order to find a way forward in terms of compensation for the former farmers on the land, as so many lost everything when their farms were taken over by the Mugabe regime. the Mapping project (detailed below) is a part of that process and has been of extraordinary assistance to both sides in working out exactly what needs to be done.
The Government of President Mnangagwa has now signed the ‘Global Agreement’ to compensate former farmers for all immoveable assets on their farms. This will amount to 3.5billion USD. The challenge at this stage is quite where the money will come from, although it is believed that the Government is seeking a loan to facilitate this exercise. Discussions remain ongoing between the CSC and Government.
The Mapping Project: We provided funding for a team mapping out the entire land ownership/usage position in Zimbabwe as it stands today, with reference to the past. This is proving a very useful exercise as it reflects a very different picture of the land ownership and usage so regularly used by the Zimbabwe Govt. This map will be invaluable when it comes to the real decisions being taken about the future of agriculture in Zimbabwe. The World Bank have stated “We have not seen as comprehensive a database as you have produced of this country’s agricultural structure and history, anywhere else in the world.”
More information about the mapping project can be seen at this link. http://bit.ly/1Dj4mpo.
Currently, dialogue is underway between farming leaders, the mapping team, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Lands on how to move the issue of compensation and the restructure of Agriculture forwards.