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Vol 53 No 1

Published 6th January 2012


A pause in economic progress

The early economic successes of the power-sharing government are sputtering (AC Vol 52 No 25). A decade after the land reform battles, agriculture will be the main source of growth this year. This is from an alarmingly low base: the Commercial Farmers’ Union forecasts that food production will be lower than in 2000. Shaky global commodity prices will depress earnings from the mines, including the covert deals that President Robert Mugabe’s aides have made over diamond sales from the Marange fields.

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