The Chikukwa Project

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

About the project

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.

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
Download papers

This paper explains why the Chikukwa Project has been so successful compared to other development projects in southern Africa.


Related to the article above a presentation with photos showing how the project works in detail.

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For those living in rich countries the price is to be USD$8 per download. For example countries such as the USA, Germany, Australia, Japan.

For those living in developing countries, the price is to be USD$4 per download. For example countries such as Uganda, Brazil, China, Malawi, Thailand. Please use the promo code: Devtdiscount

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The cost to libraries is AUD$200 and can be negotiated by contacting Gillian Leahy using this form.


Watch the new trailer for The Chikukwa Project here.

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Host a screening for your organisation or interest group. Buy the public screening DVD or BluRay for $150 AUD and hold a fundraiser for your group.

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Enrol in training at Chikukwa

Your group can train at the Chikukwa CELUCT centre.


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More screenings coming soon.