Rural Communities in Southern Zimbabwe now at a crossroads: Adapt to Climate Change or Perish

In the last three farming seasons Zimbabwe has been besieged by climate related hazards that have left millions food, nutrition and income insecure, jeopardising basic human needs and rights particularly in the rural areas where the impacts are more pronounced. During the 2014/2015 farming season the country experienced below average rainfall leading to 1.5 million… Read More Rural Communities in Southern Zimbabwe now at a crossroads: Adapt to Climate Change or Perish

Hazardous Urban Farming practices: A stumbling block to Sustainable development

While it is a well-known fact that Zimbabwe’s rural areas depend primarily on agriculture, the Poverty Reduction Forum Trust recently stated that urban residents are increasingly relying on urban agriculture for sustenance (PRFT, 2017). Urban agriculture in Zimbabwe has gained acceptance and recognition over the years for its contribution to urban economies, food security and… Read More Hazardous Urban Farming practices: A stumbling block to Sustainable development

Development of a National Renewable Energy Policy and Implications for Rural Development in Zimbabwe

Climate change has sent jitters across every economic sector and unleashed untold terror on the environment, livelihoods and development, particularly in rural areas prompting a global outcry for intensified efforts towards sustainable utilisation of forest resources and an immediate shift from non-renewable energies (major contributors to green house gases) to clean renewable energies. Zimbabwe will… Read More Development of a National Renewable Energy Policy and Implications for Rural Development in Zimbabwe

Burning is Risky Business but Necessary for Livestock & Wildlife Farming

The global conversation around fire has become increasingly negative and numerous countries across the globe including Zimbabwe have, with very good reason set up stringent laws to guard against wild fire outbreaks. With the increase in human settlements, environmental degradation and climate change, we can no longer use fire as liberally as our ancestors did.… Read More Burning is Risky Business but Necessary for Livestock & Wildlife Farming

The Right to Food and the Role of Women vis-à-vis the Changing Climate

Hunger is a violation of human dignity and an obstacle to social, political and economic progress[1], yet as we celebrate the 2016 #WorldFoodDay at least 795 million people across the world are undernourished[2]. The estimated number of undernourished people in Sub-Saharan Africa is 233 million, which makes it the region with the second highest number… Read More The Right to Food and the Role of Women vis-à-vis the Changing Climate

Mopane Worms, Rural livelihoods and Climate change: A firsthand experience.

Series 1: Problem Framing (A sneak peek into my upcoming paper…) In Zimbabwe, mopane worms are best known by their many vernacular names – Amacimbi in SiNdebele, Madora in Shona, and Masonja in Venda. At the end of the value chain, they are considered a delicacy by many urban folk who value traditional and nutritious… Read More Mopane Worms, Rural livelihoods and Climate change: A firsthand experience.

Interrogating the role of the Media in Combating Climate Change

The most intriguing characteristic of natural resources is that they are integrated into every dimension of modernisation from the social aspects to the business environment. Our ancestors lived alongside and depended on natural resources for their livelihood and had functional systems in place to ensure sustainable utilisation of those natural resources through use of totems,… Read More Interrogating the role of the Media in Combating Climate Change