Author: Raymond Muwaniri

Food Security, Conservation and Energy

This is the editorial for SustainZim Issue 11, with focus on food security, conservation and energy for those living in both rural and urban areas. Food security and nutrition is one of the major agendas of the government through ZimAsset. We have an article from Ian Kazingizi who discusses fish farming in Zimbabwe and its progression over the years. He attributes the increase in fish farming to companies like Agrimarines Solutions and the Development Reality Institute who train people. If our readers would like to know more about fish farming please refer to their websites, including Aquaculture who have been helping communities set up these projects. In the very first SustainZim edition of 2016 I wrote an article on the “Muunganirwa Fish Project” in Bindura district which can be found on the SustainZim website (www.sustainzim.org). Fish farming improves people’s livelihoods by meeting their dietary needs and providing a viable income. It also helps to preserve the wild stocks of fish which are under a lot of pressure from overfishing and water pollution. Food economy is the examination of the human and ecological cost of what we eat. Tanaka Tsikiri, an independent sustainable development consultant writes about the ’local food economy’, its production and transport, aka ‘food miles’. Tanaka explains the current crisis in Zimbabwe and links fuel shortages and sudden price hikes. He calls for an inadvertent shift towards...

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Saving the Samanga Baboons and Climate Change

Samanga is an area located in Honde Valley, Manicaland, 120 km from Mutare under Chief Mutasa. Honde Valley is a unique area in region 1 of Zimbabwe, the soil is very fertile with plenty of rainfall, probably the highest in the country. Due to this climate, the valley has biodiversity that is unique to the area. As far back as the 90ís, Honde Valley had lush vegetation, plenty of water and wild spaces. Fast forward 20 years and things couldn’t be more different, the lush vegetation has been replaced by banana plantations, water is limited depending on the time...

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The Climate ‘is’ Changing

As we draw closer to this year’s elections, it is important that we put in place a government that prioritises the environment and climate change. The effects of climate change are now being felt all over the country, some regions more than others but effects are widespread. For those who are poor and vulnerable it is a case of a double headed problem, break and butter issues and climate change becoming a daily problem. In this issue we have articles that discuss how climate change is affecting the daily lives of regular people in both rural and in urban areas. We have 3 articles by Joy Mlambo from the UNDP, Joy has been a regular contributor to the paper since the first issue in 2016. In her 1st article Joy discusses how climate change is affecting people with disabilities, especially those with mobility issues and albinism. In Zimbabwe we are still very far in terms of catering for people with disabilities as compared to the western countries. Our infrastructure, transport system and service providers do not cater enough for people with disabilities, so it is a double-edged sword with climate change affecting everyone especially the poor, of which most disabled are. In her next article Joy discusses the National Adoption Plan (NAP) and the strategies suitable for the various areas and sectors given the specific nature of the climate...

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Stepping up efforts for Sustainable Development in Zimbabwe

With time passing and more effects of climate change being felt in Zimbabwe this is a call to step up our efforts. SustainZim is an outlet to educate Zimbabweans on the harm we are bringing to our own environment and eventual wellbeing. With time passing and more effects of climate change being felt in Zimbabwe this is a call to step up our efforts. SustainZim is an outlet to educate Zimbabweans on the harm we are bringing to our own environment and eventual wellbeing. In this first quarter edition we have very interesting articles which are worth a read and may change your opinion on certain topics. With that said, contained is a very interesting article on ‘hunting as a form of conservation’ by Johnny Whitfield. In his article Johnny talks about the benefits of hunting compared to poaching. He mentions the recent extinction of the northern white rhino due to poaching and how their southern cousins still have healthy numbers due to conservation from hunting proceeds. He further explains how keeping hunting alive pays for the protection of animals in the national parks. Johnny goes on to remind us that killing of animals is part of human nature, commercial faming kills millions of animals but we do not see the pictures of dead animals (as illustrated in the inserts) but rather trays of meat on our shelves. I...

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Keeping the Message Alive

Editorial – Issue 08 In this edition of SustainZim our feature article is by Martha Munyoro Katsi from Practical Action. She discusses ëincreasing food security through solar powered irrigationí. In a project in Gwanda, 6 community gardens were installed with solar powered irrigation systems. The project aimed to benefit 720 residents in the area and ensure food security. Producing crop can now be throughout the year, increasing income and improving livelihoods. Martha has previously contributed to SustainZim and her articles are very popular with the readers. Green Innovation HUB 2 was launched on the 8th of December by the Swedish Embassy and UNICEF Zimbabwe. GI HUB is an incubation space which seeks to unlock potential of young people in contributing to Sustainable Development through initiatives around smart and sustainable energy. GI HUB has 3 components; Green Schools, Green Jobs and Green Innovations. GI HUB 1 was completed in 2017, contestants sent in ideas to UNICEF and those chosen were given funds to make their ideas a reality. GI HUB 1 produced some unique ideas which can be found here;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stONGxU7D60 . The aim of GI HUB is to tackle climate change and youth unemployment by tapping into their creativity and knowledge for ideas that can be harnessed into sustainable solutions. Youth have the chance to come up with ideas that can be turned into an enterprise to make a...

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