An instructive and moving story
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CTA. 2002. An instructive and moving story. Spore 98. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Water Harvester By M Witoshynsky, Weaver Press Ltd, Zimbabwe, 2000. 61 pp. ISBN 0797421238 GBP 10.95 Euro 17.70
Zephaniah Phiri, a small holder farmer in the communal area of Zvishavane, in southern Zimbabwe, is not just a small holder farmer. He has an innovative mind and over his long years of farming, he experimented with great courage and risk, and transformed his own once marginal - farm and those of his neighbours and countless visitors into fertile smallholdings. He applied water harvesting and conservation techniques, got dried-up streams carrying water again and eventually established one of the first indigenous NGOs in Zimbabwe - the Zvishavane Water Project. Nonetheless, The water harvester is not really about water harvesting nor the techniques that Phiri developed successfully. These are documented in other books and studies. In the book he tells his own life story, in his own words, about his youth, when he discovered that being black in your own country meant something different than being white. About his first steps towards water harvesting and wetlands creation, which brought him into trouble with the colonial regime. He describes the horrific, painful and confusing years of the liberation struggle in Rhodesia, before the country gained independence in 1980 and became Zimbabwe. It explains his survival strategies. It sheds light on his wisdom and vision, sprouting from his day-to-day real life experiences. The story is poignant and inspiring, modest and therefore impressive. A beautiful account of the power of self-reliance. The Water Harvester By M Witoshynsky, Weaver Press Ltd, Zimbabwe, 2000. 61 pp. ISBN 0797421238 GBP 10.95 Euro 17.70 African Books Collective The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HU, England Fax: +44 1865 793 298 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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