Zimbabwe - Economic sectors

Zimbabwe's economy is well-developed, consisting of diversified sectors such as manufacturing, commercial farming, productive small-scale family farming, and exploitation of various mineral resources. Agriculture generated about 88 percent of GDP in 1997, one-third of which came from communal farmers, and mining was about 13 percent of GDP. These 2 sectors generally determine the state of health of the economy because of their impact on export revenue. Agriculture alone employs about 66 percent of the total labor force . Tobacco and gold, followed by tourism receipts, dominate export earnings. Although manufacturing's relative importance has declined over the years, it is still a significant sector, contributing about 18 percent of GDP in 1998. The services sector has risen in significance, contributing more than 58 percent of GDP in 1998, mostly as a result of increased

spending on education and health, and an expansion of tourism in the 1980s. The latest figures the CIA World Factbook released were for 1997 and estimated agriculture at 28 percent, industry at 32 percent, and services at 40 percent of GDP.

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Jan 23, 2011 @ 10:22 pm
I would like to know what the Social Structure of Zimbabweans is. Who is considered upper class, who is considered middle class, and who is considered lower class. Are the women treated differently than the men?

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