Zimbabwe's Command Agriculture Programme a Major Flop

A new report published by the government and the World Bank shows that despite more public spending billions of dollars in agriculture by the state, this has not translated into any meaningful productivity with over eight million Zimbabweans in need of food. The report, Public Expenditure Review (PER) with a Focus on Agriculture, also warns that without climate-smart agriculture investment, Zimbabwe's staple food crop - maize - is expected to result in a 33% yield reduction by 2030. In 2017, the government launched the Command agriculture programme with US$3 billion injected to fund the scheme.

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