South African land valuer Mills Fitchet is currently in Zimbabwe for a series of meetings on farm restitution/compensation issues and the valuation of claims.
While many dispossessed farmers have been disillusioned by previous initiatives which have yielded little and, in many cases further impoverished many former farmers, feedback from the sector indicates that this is an important initiative which must be given a chance.
As they point out, history has proved that title deeds, coupled with the rule of law, are the catalysts for development and for bringing countries out of poverty. While property rights remain unprotected, Zimbabweans will become poorer, hungrier and food insecure.
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