The report, based on a study conducted in the country in 2004, said the government's fiscal crisis had led to a "devastating reduction" in access to social services, at a time when it was most needed, while the impact of HIV/AIDS was worsening.
Restoring agricultural productivity would be a first step to helping Zimbabwe stop its economic free fall, said Schafer. "It wouldn't change things overnight but it would stop the economic hemorrhage and help the country get back on an upward path," he added.
Once the mainstay of the economy, agriculture contributed 40 percent to Zimbabwe's national exports, made up 18 percent of the gross domestic product, employed 30 percent of the formal labor force and 70 percent of the population. ...