>> Dormervale Farm in Zimbabwe produces 600 tons of peas, carrots, and beans for export to Europe. The farmers land was long under threat from former leader Robert Mugabe whose land reform sparked the violent seizure of thousands of white owned farms from the early 2000s. Now, new president Emerson Mnangagwa has pledged to compensate those who lost their land.
>> I'm totally optimistic that President Mnangagwa is going to carry out that promise. And I think we're looking at a brighter future in Zimbabwe.>> The end of the Mugabe era was a huge relief for the Warswicks. They've farmed here 107 years, but they used to have a lot more land.
They gave up two farms to the government in '97 as part of Mugabe's bid to redistribute land to Black subsistence farmers. And earlier this year, the Land Ministry demanded that they give up yet more. That could have made their business unviable, threatening 1,400 jobs. Now Mnangagwa is promising wholesale reform of the farm sector instead.
>> This will enable a full bundle of rights to be delivered to farmers on the ground and this will restore bankability to the sector and enable full recovery. It will also send a very positive message to international investors.>> There's already been considerable interest from some such investors, but they'll need guarantees.
>> European Union and the UK are looking very closely at Zimbabwe, and they want to get a foot in the door. But they don't want to set up orders and set up pack sheds and horitcultural projects that are going to collapse after a year or two, or be taken over.
>> Mugabe's resignation could mean big changes for Zimbabwe's farmers, but families like these will have to wait to see if Mnangagwa's rhetoric turns into reality.