The Chikukwa Project

An amazing story of African villagers who turned their lives around.

"The Chikukwa Project" is a feel good story out of Africa. For the last 20 years an incredible permaculture project has been growing in Zimbabwe.

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 they have a surplus of food and the people in these villages are healthy and proud of their achievements. Their degraded landscape has been turned into a lush paradise.

A brother and sister team travelled to Zimbabwe and made this film which shows why this project has been so successful.

This film promotes the three tier mantra of the permaculture movement:

- People Care

- Land Care

- Fair Share

Director(s): Gillian Leahy
Script: Gillian Leahy, Terry Leahy
Production: Terry Leahy
Year: 2013
Duration: 53 min
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): German
Country of origin: Australia, Zimbabwe
Shooting Locations: Zimbabwe
  • This film can be watched for a fee at the top.


Main topic(s): Permaculture
Secondary topics: africa organic soil food security cooperation
Mentions: permaculture sustainability africa development aid agriculture zimbabwe chikukwa
Topic Page(s): Permaculture

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