Even though agriculture drives Zimbabwe’s economy, the country’s low rainfall has always made grain farming challenging – and climate change is making rainfall more erratic and extending dry spells. Small-scale farmers, however, are increasingly turning to a climate-friendly and cost-effective solution to the changing environment: community seed banks.
Despite environmental, political and financial hurdles since its 1990 opening, Kuimba Shiri Bird Park is still drawing locals, tourists and student groups to its unique wildlife sanctuary. Founded by an aficionado of falconry, the park's diversity of species continues to grow.
In the Hopley Farm neighborhood of Zimbabwe’s capital, most residents got their land from the government, from a political party or from fake land barons. Now, the City of Harare hopes to bring some order to the chaos of this settlement – as well as some proper infrastructure.
Muruwe Private Ltd.’s business model is simple: Pay people to collect brown plastic waste, recycle it into plastic strapping, and sell the product to local businesses for less than what it costs to import the same material. And now the company is looking to export its plastic strapping.
Why, in a country where unemployment is rampant and where teachers are in short supply, does the government enlist many educators to do a second paying job: registering voters? This is a question that many citizens are asking, fearing that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, which defends this practice, is politicizing public-sector jobs and somehow influencing elections.
In 1980, when Zimbabwe won its independence and Robert Mugabe became president, private boarding schools were for the moneyed, largely white elites. Almost immediately, the country’s public school system was transformed, but private schools still retain their exclusive, expensive cachet.
Parents have long paid bribes to officials at boarding schools, to get their children into a limited number of coveted spots. But the ministry of education is tackling the endemic corruption with an online platform for boarding-school applications.