Ian Scoones from a DEGRP project led by PLAAS in South Africa, has written two blogs focusing on new agricultural entrepreneurs, ‘Zimbabwe’s new agricultural entrepreneurs I: pig production’ and 'Zimbabwe’s new agricultural entrepreneurs II: Poultry’. In them he looks at case studies from resettlement areas in Masvingo. He highlights the 'business mentality' of the farmers who have established specialised businesses to complement their existing farming activities.
The blogs emerge from on-going work under the Space, Markets and Employment in Agricultural Development (SMEAD) project supported by DEGRP. The research aims to build awareness of the relationship between farm and non-farm activities in rural economies in marginalised and impoverished regions of Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe.