Tick-borne diseases: symptoms of deeper issues.

Taruvinga Magwiroto Recent reports of the on-going outbreak of the tick borne disease Theileriosis (also known as January Disease) in Zimbabwe has laid bare some of the problems and issues facing post land reform Zimbabwe. Theileriosis is more than a problem for livestock farmers. It is symptomatic of failures of social safety nets, institutional failures and the spectre of climate change. Because Zimbabwe is located … Continue reading Tick-borne diseases: symptoms of deeper issues.

Designing our rural futures in post land reform Zimbabwe

Taruvinga L. Magwiroto One thing that we can be sure of is that all humans aspire to the “good life”, or at least a decent, dignified one. Everybody wants a good life, and deserves one. But what can be in contention is the definition of a good life. Whatever the good life is, we know that in reality, some have it better than others- because … Continue reading Designing our rural futures in post land reform Zimbabwe

Our rural future in post land reform Zimbabwe

Taruvinga Magwiroto When we analyse any situation, we are constantly faced with the task of understanding how a complex situation is created and developed and how important are the various components relative in time and space” (Boyle 1981:40). Patrick Boyle (1981). Planning better programs. McGraw-Hill. Analysing any complex situation is never easy, as that quote from Boyle emphasises. To me the phrase “post land reform … Continue reading Our rural future in post land reform Zimbabwe

Small holder livestock entrepreneurs: survival tactics in tough business environment

Taruvinga Magwiroto Acacia legume plant. Seen here growing at Henderson Researc Station, Mazowe. Planted pastures can be a great way of ensuring adequate nutritious supplies of feed to animals. Lucerne, seen here growing at the University of Zimbabwe Animal House garden, Mt Pleasant. Growing legume plants can be a cheaper way of supplying proteins to animals. It is common cause that the current hyper-inflationary situation … Continue reading Small holder livestock entrepreneurs: survival tactics in tough business environment

Answering unasked questions and questioning given answers: designing a farmers’ information resource in the digital age

Taruvinga Magwiroto As an extension programmer, there is always tension between answering what the farmer asks and designing answers to questions about what you think the farmers ought to ask. The push-pull conundrum is an old ethical question in extension (Roling 1988), and one that is also found in one of the foundational disciplines of extension: adult education (Lawson 1979). To what extent does the … Continue reading Answering unasked questions and questioning given answers: designing a farmers’ information resource in the digital age

ICTs in agricultural extension: potential and pitfalls.

By T.L Magwiroto That the post land reform agricultural extension system in Zimbabwe has been struggling to discharge its mandate is beyond question. But before we judge and condemn, we need to step back a little bit and ask, what has gone wrong and why? What can be done? What are the options? The primary purpose of an agricultural knowledge system (research, education and extension) … Continue reading ICTs in agricultural extension: potential and pitfalls.