Joseph Made

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Joseph Mtakwese Made
Minister of Agriculture of Zimbabwe
In office
13 February 2009 – 27 November 2017
DeputyRoy Bennett
Preceded bySylvester Nguni (Acting)
Personal details
Born21 November 1954
Political partyZimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front

Joseph Mtakwese Made is a Zimbabwean politician who servied as Minister of Agriculture.

Political career[edit]

He was the Minister of Agriculture[1] before being moved to the position of Minister of Agriculture Mechanization, with Rugare Gumbo replacing him as Minister of Agriculture. Made has been accused of overseeing the destruction of the agricultural sector in Zimbabwe when he was minister.[2] Made also generated controversy blocking U.S. food aid to Zimbabwe during drought-induced food shortages citing concerns over genetically modified crops[3] and the need to maintain a multi-million-dollar organic beef export agreement with Russia.[4]

Made was nominated as ZANU-PF's candidate for the House of Assembly seat from Makoni West, a constituency in Manicaland, in the March 2008 parliamentary election.[5] He was defeated by Webber Chinyadza of the Movement for Democratic Change, receiving 2,585 votes against 6,187 for Chinyadza.[6]

When the national unity government was sworn in on February 13, 2009, Made became Minister of Agriculture again.[7] In 2009 the Canadian Parliament passed a law sanctioning the Zimbabwe government for corruption practices and restricted Canadian citizens and charities from engaging in economic activities with specific named members of the government including Joseph Made.[8]

It was announced on November 27, 2017 that Emmerson Mnangagwa, who succeeded Robert Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe following the 2017 Zimbabwean coup d'état, had dissolved the Cabinet of Zimbabwe and allowed only Patrick Chinamasa and Simbarashe Mumbengegwi to remain as acting ministers of Finance and Foreign Affairs respectively until the appointment of a new cabinet.[9]


  1. ^ "Parliament of Zimbabwe". Archived from the original on 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
  2. ^ Third Phase "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2008-02-25.(accessed 25 February 2008)
  3. ^ Facing drought-induced food shortage, Zimbabwe confronts GMO dilemma, by Andrew Mambondiyani, Genetic Literacy Project, October 26, 2015
  4. ^ Zimbabwe Prepares to Sell Beef to Russia, by Ceaser Mhukahuru, Global Meat News, October 1, 2014
  5. ^ "Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Names Poll Candidates", The Herald (, February 15, 2008.
  6. ^ Results page for Makoni West Archived 2008-04-04 at the Wayback Machine.,
  7. ^ "Cabinet sworn in amid chaotic scenes" Archived 2009-02-14 at the Wayback Machine.,, February 13, 2009.
  8. ^ Canadian Sanctions and Canadian charities operating in Zimbabwe: Be Very Careful!, by Mark Blumberg, Blumbergs, January 7, 2009.
  9. ^