The film — The Chikukwa Project — is a 53 minute documentary about a project in Zimbabwe
... story by Terry Leahy, updated February 2015
This has been going for 20 years now, which makes it probably the longest successful food security project in Africa. It includes 7,000 villagers from the Chikukwa clan living in a stretch of about 15 kilometres.
It is possibly the largest site in the world that has been transformed by permaculture strategies and is contiguous. In other words, every house and its gardens and fields and all the community owned land has been transformed by permaculture methods.
How they managed such a successful transformation is the topic of this film. This is a very professionally produced and moving account.
Order the DVD
It can be downloaded from The Chikukwa Project where you can:
Read the written account
There is a written account of this project – how and why it has been so successful on my web page at It is under the tab for Africa and food security. There are two items called The Chikukwa Project there where you can download a pdf of the:
My sister Gillian (the film director) and I have now shown this in Melbourne (with David Holmgren and John Seed speaking), in Newcastle (hosted by Permaculture Hunter) and in Sydney (hosted by UTS).
In the last few weeks we took the film to the IPC11 in Cuba and showed it there. Though conditions were difficult on the night we got a big crowd who were very enthusiastic about the film.
This is a must-see film for permaculture people.
Watch the trailer...
This 53 minute film has been fully funded by crowd funding from the permaculture community, the film makers' contributions, donations from the University of Newcastle and the University of Technology. The final version is now available. At present we are entering the film in various international film festivals. It will be shown at the Permaculture Convergence in Tasmania this year.
If you are able to order this for a library please do so, it will be well used. This is a great teaching resource for anyone running a permaculture course or hosting a permaculture event.You can buy your copy at the Chikukwa Project website
Find out how to host a screening of The Chikukwa Project