Welcome home to Africa: Covid, me and Zimbabwe.

Taruvinga Magwiroto To those who have been following the evolution of this blog, you will know that I started it when I was based at the University of Reading in the UK. Well, time moveth. I duly graduated with my MSc. Communication for Development. Congratulations yea yea! The UK experience was something else altogether. I’ll certainly write more about it. But first things first. I’m … Continue reading Welcome home to Africa: Covid, me and Zimbabwe.

Harbinger of drought?

Taruvinga Magwiroto After a less-than-average 2019-2020 rain season, the water holes are drying up fast. The grass is similarly drying up fast, so there is less food for animals. Shortage of water is particularly problematic for animals. They will need to walk long distances to get water, burning up precious energy reserves. As water levels recede, the water becomes more concentrated with solutes, including micro-organisms. … Continue reading Harbinger of drought?

Marshal Papworth: the power of transformative facilitation.

Originally posted on LIVESTOCK MATTERS ZIMBABWE:
East of England Agricultural Society Winter Stock Show, Dec 2018. Pic T.L. Magwiroto Taruvinga Magwiroto To a farming man or woman from anywhere else in the world, a visit to the East of England evokes an answering chord of unspoken camaraderie. Farmers the world over share with the fine women and men of the East of England these qualities:… Continue reading Marshal Papworth: the power of transformative facilitation.

Reconfiguring agricultural extension in post land reform Zimbabwe: towards a new philosophy? (Part 1)

Taruvinga Magwiroto I had an interesting discussion with my professor some time ago about problems and issues in agricultural extension philosophy. I observed that the American version of rural extension is premised more on educational studies, concerned as it is on building up the skill base of rural folks. In Europe, the focus is more on innovation; therefore extension theory is based more on communication. … Continue reading Reconfiguring agricultural extension in post land reform Zimbabwe: towards a new philosophy? (Part 1)