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EU, UNDP gives Zimbabwe funds for land administration

HARARE, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) — The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has launched a new program to support Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement in its efforts to unlock the potential of agricultural land in the country.

The project seeks to assist the Ministry of Lands to improve the regulatory framework and management of the land, which can subsequently contribute to the revival of agriculture as a key driver for economic and social development in Zimbabwe, the EU said in a statement.
For the project, the EU will provide about 4.74 million euros and another 500,000 euros will be contributed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as the implementing partner of the project which will run until December 2017.

Zimbabwe implemented a land resettlement program beginning 2000 under which it acquired white-owned farms and parceled them to landless black people.
However, the new black farmers have no security of tenure, a situation that has hindered them from accessing loans from financial institutions and undermined agricultural productivity.

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