While Zimbabwe is an agricultural country, and has largely been a food exporter, some policies, combined with other events, have led to dire conditions that caused the population to protest by marching and demonstrating on the streets.


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In January 1998, food riots erupted throughout Chitungwiza and Harare's high density suburbs. The Zimbabwe Dollar's collapse, from Z$12:1US$, in November 1997, meant that economic conditions for all but the elite, became very poor. The [Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions] (ZCTU) very successful 'stay away' in December 1997, provided an example of national protest against government policy. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Further Reading


  1. [Never Gandanga. Violent Demos Rock Harare] "Mail and Guardian, Published 20 January 1998"
  2. [Pedzisai Ruhana. Riots bring hasty reverse on maize prices] "MISA, Published 20 January 1998"
  3. [Army deployed to quell food riots] "PANA, Published 20 January 1998"
  4. [Military spark panic in Zimbabwe's riot-torn capita] "SAPA-AFP, Published 21 January 1998"
  5. [Dorman, Sara Rich. Understanding Zimbabwe: From Liberation to Authoritarianism], Understanding Zimbabwe: From Liberation to Authoritarianism, (C. Hurst and Co, United Kingdom, 2016), Retrieved: 15 October 2019