As cities expand to cover farmland with roads and buildings, the conflict between traditional land rights, and modern systems of ownership and distribution become very clear. This report comes from Blantyre in Malawi, where city authorities now charge rent on land that was once freely owned.
A senior agricultural extension officer for Matabeleland North province in Zimbabwe describes how the extension service is helping farmers to cope with less reliable rainfall.
Throughout Africa the importance of land use issues in relation to tsetse control planning has been emphasized consistently in the tsetse literature. Because of inappropriate land use, concerns for the environment in tsetse-freed areas have been expressed frequently. This debate is very relevant to Zimbabwe, where extensive tsetse control operations in recent years have confined the remaining area of tsetse infestation to parts of the Zambezi valley, a semi-arid region of the country with a fragile eco-system and limited agricultural potential.