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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is one of the 36 countries where we do research work in agriculture.
Happy woman farmer in thriving maize field

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa.  It achieved majority rule and internationally recognised independence in April 1980.  The ruling party is the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) led by Robert Mugabe, who turned 90 in 2014 and has been Head of State since 1987.

Australia implemented targeted sanctions against certain individuals and companies in Zimbabwe in 2002 after concerns about political violence and human rights violations.  Sanctions remain on one entity and seven individuals, including Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe’s economy catastrophically declined between 2000 and 2008.  The economy stabilised after the Inclusive Government was inaugurated in 2009, but has declined again since the contentious July 2013 elections that returned Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party to government.

Zimbabwe’s plentiful natural resources include rich mineral deposits, wildlife and arable lands. The Victoria Falls between Zimbabwe and Zambia, while neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, is the largest sheet of falling water in the world.

COUNTRY PRIORITIES

  • Livestock and cropping systems for disadvantaged farmers
  • Irrigation water management