The report covers the areas identified by many political observers as being significantly related to
the climate of discontent and discouragement felt by the Zimbabwean public at the time of the
Food Riots. It also identifies the factors that observers felt were indicative of a crisis of
governance in Zimbabwe. It talks about how Government-administered prices to meet Government's excessive spending requirements which triggered a resurgence in inflation, with analysts saying that inflation would round-off 1997 at above 20%.