Department of Agriculture Management, Faculty of Agriculture, Zimbabwe Open University,
Andrew Tapiwa Kugedera
Department of Livestock, Wildlife and Fisheries, Gary Magadzire School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Great Zimbabwe University,
Department of Natural Resources Management, Magunje High School,
Departtment of Agriculture, Hilcrest College,
In Zimbabwe deforestation is a cause of concern among various stakeholders. Tobacco growing and its curing is cited as a major factor among others contributing to the decline in forest density. Tobacco production requires large quantities of fuel wood in the curing process hence associated with deforestation. The special issue assessed the extent of deforestation as a result of tobacco growing and curing on the indigenous forest in Ward 23 of Mutasa District. The special issue aims at embarking on a more vigorous approach in the planting of trees and conserving the existing forests to mitigate effects of climate change. The special issues helps all stakeholders to be involved in planning and decision making on issues related to forest conservation and technology in tobacco production.