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Tapiwa Chatikobo

Student Focus:

land reform, livestock production, Zimbabwe, agrarian change

Biography:

Tapiwa Chatikobo has an MSc degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from Stellenbosch University. His master’s work focused on both the intended and unintended effects of a donor-funded community-based grazing project (based on the concept of Holistic Management), on rural livelihoods in northern Matabeleland, Zimbabwe. His work was informed by different theories, concepts and insights from development studies, sociology, political science, environmental sciences and ecology.

At present, he is working on his PhD project that investigates the effects of land reform on livestock production systems in Matabeleland region, Zimbabwe. While Zimbabwe’s land reform has received much scholarly attention over the past decade or so, few studies have paid attention to livestock production after the Fast Track Land Reform Programme. Some critics have argued that land reform programmes in Matabeleland failed to improve rural livelihoods, yet it is not clear what social, economic and ecological indicators are used in making such assessments. His thesis is interdisciplinary, drawing from concepts, theories and insights from political economy of agrarian change, ‘non-equilibrium’ ecology, land tenure debates and ethnicity in order to shed more light on the effects of land reform in Matabeleland region, where livestock production predominates.

Qualifications:

  • MSc in Geography & Environmental Studies, Stellenbosch University, 2015
  • BSc (hons) in Geography & Environmental Studies, Midlands State University (Zimbabwe), 2006

Publications

  1. Chatikobo T (2015) Evaluating Holistic Management in Hwange communal lands, Zimbabwe: An actor-oriented livelihood approach incorporating everyday politics and resistance. Masters thesis, Stellenbosch University.
  2. Chatikobo T (2015) Evaluating Holistic Management in Hwange communal areas, Zimbabwe: An actor-oriented livelihood approach incorporating everyday politics and resistance. A paper presented at the 50th annual general conference of Grassland Society of Southern Africa, 21 July – 23 July 2015 at the Royal Agricultural Show grounds, Petermaritzburg.
  3. Chatikobo T & Hawkes J (2015) Does Holistic Management® really work in the grasslands? Another Countryside.
  4. Chatikobo T (2016) Can Holistic Management sustain rural livelihoods? An actor-oriented livelihood approach incorporating everyday politics and resistance. A paper presented at the Contested Agronomy Conference at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (UK), 23 – 25 April 2016.