ISBN Code : 978-1-59907-017-9
Language : English
Pages number : 192
Format : Perfect bound
Landscapes are invested with meaning and are inherently political. Conservation and development programs in Zimbabweâ€™s south-east â€˜lowveldâ€™ have been rooted in concepts of the landscape: either as a wilderness to be tamed into a productive landscape by white â€˜pioneersâ€™ or as a pristine natural landscape to be preserved, rehabilitated, or consciously manufactured.
The uses and perceptions of this landscape by African people have been ignored in policies derived from the â€˜wilderness visionâ€™. Dryland agriculture in the lowveld has been regularly dismissed as inappropriate, rather than as a key livelihood strategy; irrigation and livestock projects have been biased towards large-scale commercial sector initiatives; and wildlife conservation initiatives have imposed coercive regulations on resource use, deepening antagonism over land.
The farm invasions in recent years have re-peopled the wildernesses. Starkly contrasting ways of understanding this landscape have been revealed, which have radically different implications for conservation and development policy.
Part I: LOWVELD LANDSCAPES â€“ Landscapes of the imagination â€“ The wilderness vision: colonial perceptions of the lowveld landscape & its inhabitants â€“ Socialised, sacred & contested spaces: African landscapes in the lowveld
Part II: THE PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPE â€“ Lowveld livelihoods: the â€˜suitabilityâ€™ of dryland cropping in the landscape â€“ â€˜Backwater to breadbasketâ€™: irrigated agriculture in the lowveld â€“ Cattle country: livestock management in the ranches & reserves
Part III: THE â€˜NATURALâ€™ LANDSCAPE â€“ Manufacturing wilderness: wildlife conservation in the lowveld
Part IV: THE POLITICS OF LAND(SCAPE) â€“ Reclaiming the wilderness? Farm invasions in the lowveld.