“Permaculture actually solves all the problems that we face in human life. So this is considered to be the right approach for us to live – if you want to save the earth.”
Julious Piti, a Chikukwa Project founder
Where once the people of the Chikukwa villages suffered hunger, malnutrition and high rates of disease, this community has turned its fortunes around using permaculture farming techniques. Complementing these strategies for food security, they have built their community strength through locally controlled and initiated programs for permaculture training, conflict resolution, women’s empowerment, primary education and HIV management.
Now the 7,000 Chikukwa villagers have a surplus of food and the people here are healthy and proud of their achievements. Their degraded landscape has been turned into a lush paradise. And they are spreading the word well beyond Chikukwa.
A brother and sister team travelled to Zimbabwe and made this film which shows why this project has been so successful. The Director, Gillian Leahy, is an AFI Award winning documentary maker lecturing in Media Arts at University of Technology, Sydney. Co-producer, Dr. Terry Leahy (her brother) is convenor of the Master of Social Change and Development Program at the University of Newcastle. His research is in sustainable development and food security in Africa. Gillian and Terry were invited by CELUCT, the development organisation of the Chikukwa villages, to make this documentary.
Running time: 52 minutes. Available on DVD in both PAL and NTSC (America) formats, Blu-Ray and video on demand using the link in the clip below.
Watch the trailer of the documentary below.
Find out more about the Chikukwa Project
Download the 33 page paper written by Terry Leahy outlining why the Chikukwa Project has been so successful compared to other development projects in southern Africa.