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Chinese-Funded, Constructed Dams Prioritized in Zimbabwe’s Irrigation and Energy Plan

The Gwayi-Shangani and Kunzvi dams that are among those in Zimbabwe's acceleration program.

Zimbabwe is accelerating the construction of 12 large dams to irrigate at least 350,000 hectares by 2025 and generate hydropower while also providing potable water.

The acceleration plan is meant to increase land acreage under irrigation with farmers in Zimbabwe expected to benefit in a shift from relying solely on rain-fed agriculture. In the plan, construction of the dams will be prioritized.

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