Taruvinga Magwiroto If there is one concept that defines development best practice today, it is “participation” and “participatory”. I am more interested in the philosophical issues on participation, and less on “participatory” because I think once something is dubbed “participatory”, be sure that it is not! In fact the development sector (which is unfortunately prone to “herd mentality”) has elevated “participation” to the point of … Continue reading Participation in farming-oriented WhatsApp groups: theory and practice (Part 1).
Taruvinga Magwiroto Farming, be it livestock production or crop husbandry, is changing fast. Consumers’ tastes and preferences for food are changing. The world’s perception on food production is changing too. So how does that impact an A1 or A2 farmer in Zimbabwe today? Firstly, there is a growing concern for sustainable production. There is a drive towards abolishing the the old “productonist” paradigm of endless … Continue reading Farming in a changing world: critical skills, critical questions
To run a successful farming project, there are a number of factors that need to come together. I will mention a few of these factors, and then zero in on one aspect that I think is important, but is being neglected by new and old farmers alike. Inputs It is clear that you need inputs. Day-old chicks, breeding stock, drugs and chemicals, vaccines etc. For … Continue reading Skills training: What skills?