- Published on 07 September 2016
Almost half of all women in Zimbabwe engage in entrepreneurial activities, the vast majority in informal microbusinesses connected to agriculture. This study analyzes the enabling environment for these agribusiness entrepreneurs. The analysis focuses on access to capital and markets—in practice and as affected by policies and regulations.
The findings are based on desk and field research. In June 2016, the researchers interviewed more than 60 representatives of government, the private sector, civil society, and research and training institutions in or around Harare, Mutare, and Nyanga. The field research also included focus group discussions and direct observations.
These findings must be considered against the 2016 backdrop of an unpredictable policy environment, cash shortages, the planned reintroduction of bond notes, and an insecure, immovable property or real estate market. These factors have contributed to limited risk-taking, under-investment, and low productivity.