Land Reforms

Land Reforms The introduction of sweeping land reforms in Namibia is threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of white farmers.
Emmanuel Ismael's home is a small farm in the heart of Duerreland, Namibia. Yet he fears that all might soon be lost in the face of President Sam Nujoma's land reclamation programme. With black farmers desperate for land, the Namibian government has adopted a strategy designed to win them votes - evicting white farmers. 192 foreigners have already lost their farms. But European farmers are worried that only the politicians will profit from the changes. "They are not battling against poverty but are simply changing the colour of the skin of the owners." In fact, the first victims of the land expropriation will be the black workers. Farmers believe that foreign investment is the real key to agricultural development.

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