A study of land reform in the Mashonaland province of Zimbabwe suggests that the lives of smallholder farmers have improved more than expected from a redistribution program despite little government assistance since. "The suggestion that the fast-track land reform program was not an unmitigated disaster presents dilemmas about whether to accept this growing body of evidence and risk endorsing the methods used to achieve the asset transfer," said Admos Chimhowu of Manchester University.

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