2014 Phiri Award Winners & Award Ceremony

The first Phiri Award ceremony was held on October 24th, 2014 at the Baraza Pavilion in Harare, in the presence of its Patron, Mr. Zephaniah Phiri, his wife Constance and eighty guests. The day went admirably – ably MC’d by Tsitsi Choruma – with guest of honor, distinguished rural development thinker Rev. Peter Baka Nyoni, …

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Mazvihwa in Print!

Emmanuel Sigauke, Advisor to the Friends of Muonde, and luminary writer from Mazvihwa has finally published his Mukoma’s Marriage and Other Stories (Booklove Press, available on Amazon here) that are set in the beloved Mhototi villages of Mazvihwa of the 1970s (where he grew up) and ultimately in Glen View Harare where so many of …

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“STONE WALLING” A viable and sustainable environmental management technique which is making an impact in Mazvihwa Community

Stone Walling written and photographed by Alice Ndlovu and the Muonde Team The stone wall journey started in Madzoke valley, a community which is surrounded by mountains and hills. This community has a very great access to stones because it is situated between mountains. However, the same mountains prey a lot of animals which destroys …

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Zephaniah Phiri’s Book of Life

Mr. Zephaniah Phiri’s Lifetime of Planting Water: a Record of Achievement Invitation to the Lifetime Achievement Award (PDF) Program for Mr. Phiri Lifetime Achievement Award (PDF) Chapter 1: The Man and His Awards [pl_accordion name=”accordion”] [pl_accordioncontent name=”accordion” number=”1″ heading=”Overview & Introduction by Ken Wilson” open=”no”] Dr. K.B. Wilson On the Occasion of his Life Time …

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Advancing Indigenous Innovation and Food Sovereignty in Zimbabwe

The following text was extracted from the justification of the Phiri Award by the Phiri Award for Food and Farm Innovators Trust because it speaks in an interesting way about the importance of innovation in the context of food sovereignty. The Role of Farm and Food Innovators All the time everywhere, small scale farmers and …

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Zimbabwean writer, editor and poet Emmanuel Sigauke speaks on importance of the Muonde initiative to encourage indigenous creativity and about his writing inspired by the Mazvihwa landscape of his childhood

In Emmanuel Sigauke’s words: Enabling Innovation through Art “I am glad that Muonde values the role of art in innovation, and I feel honored to be part of this initiative. Art in all its forms, and especially through writing, helps people understand their lives, and hence their role in the world; it affirms a sense …

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The Rainwater Harvester. Mr Phiri’s experience in Improving Dryland Management – A Film By Frank Loewen

Below, Frank Loewen describes the making of his film, The Rainwater Harvester. Mr Phiri’s experience in Improving Dryland Management, featuring Zephaniah Phiri Maseko, Cleopas Banda, and Julious Piti “With a background in forestry, I have been working for many years in rural development projects dealing with environmental restoration and the promotion of integrated natural resource …

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Mai Hove talks about the importance of growing drought resistant small grains in Zimbabwe

Mrs Hove, is a celebrated farmer from Mazvihwa, a dry natural region five area of Zimbabwe’s Zvishavane District, where among other things she has developed water harvesting system and a garden in a vlei near her home. But here in this video she talks about the importance of growing drought resistant small grains, the “shanga …

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