Accepted paper:

Conflict, livelihoods and survival among miners and farmers in Gweru's Greenvale, 2000 to 2016

Authors:

Petronella Munhenzva (University of Zimbabwe)
Ushehwedu Kufakurinani (University of Zimbabwe)
Nathaniel Chimhete (University of ZImbabwe)

Paper short abstract:

The paper analyses the interface of conflict, livelihoods and survival in a peri-urban region where mining and farming core-exist. We use the case study of Greenvale, a peri-urban area in Gweru, a city in the Midlands Region of Zimbabwe.

Paper long abstract:

The paper analyses the interface of conflict, livelihoods and survival in a peri-urban region where mining and farming core-exist. We use the case study of Greenvale, a peri-urban area in Gweru, a city in the Midlands Region of Zimbabwe. Gweru is considered the fourth largest city in the country after Mutare, Bulawayo and Harare. We explore how the co-existence of mining and farming has generated conflict which has delayed sustainable livelihoods and maximum benefit from the exploration of the environment through mining and farming. The conflicts have taken various forms existing within and between the farming and mining communities. These have bred uncertainty, distrust and in the process compromised on sustainable investment in the exploration of the environment be it through mining or farming. Admittedly, there are individuals who have committed themselves to invest heavily in the mining and farming activities in spite of uncertainties and tensions in the area.

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