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
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
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
Hunger is a violation of human dignity and an obstacle to social, political and economic progress, yet as we celebrate the 2016 #WorldFoodDay at least 795 million people across the world are undernourished. 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
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.
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
Several families watched helplessly as mother nature laid waste to years of hard work in a matter of minutes in Beitbridge town earlier this year. Beitbridge is characteristically a very dry hot place, making the occurrence of rainfall a very welcome development. However, on the night of 11 February 2016 that priceless scent of rain… Read More Disaster Risk Unpreparedness..Waist deep lessons from Beitbridge