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8 Conclusion

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This conclusory chapter offers a general overview of key issues that have been raised in this book. The book investigates the struggles, negotiations, contestations and accommodations that take place between actors during the production of knowledge in Mupfurudzi resettlement area. A consistent argument throughout is that knowledge should be regarded as primarily social, and its production as a social process. The central aim is to understand how farming and farming knowledge are embedded in the social, economic, political and cultural lives of actors. One of the recurrent themes in the investigative journey has been the central position of witchcraft, which urges one to fully understand and come to terms with the importance of witchcraft and withcraft accusations in agriculture. It has been a recurrent theme in the book that local farmers are not homogeneous in their outlook and neither are experts.

Keywords:agricultural expert; farmer heterogeneity; knowledge production; Mupfurudzi resettlement; witchcraft

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