Can East Africa leapfrog to a circular economy?

Originally posted on Circular Africa:
In the past years, more research has been conducted about the alternatives of our current linear economy that is focused on ‘take-make-dispose’. A circular economy is an alternative model, that enables green growth and green industrialization by closing the loop of resources and by developing regenerative and circular systems. As stressed by Chatman House1, the circular economy has been mostly seen as a rich-country agenda. However, the circular economy has enormous potential for lower and middle-income countries. Here are four reasons why circular economy supporters should focus on the (East) African region to unlock the… Continue reading Can East Africa leapfrog to a circular economy?

Rethink/Redesign/Refuse waste in the Zimbabwean food industry

by Rumbidzai Mashavave The three principles of a circular economy are to design out waste and pollution; keep products and materials in use and regenerate natural systems. Industries largely in Europe and China that have since embraced circular economy principles in their businesses have cited compliance to policy and realization of economic benefits to the business as being the main drivers to a transition to a circular economy. Principle 1: Design out waste and pollution. In the food industry, a study revealed that restaurants experience up to a 14-fold return on their investment in food waste reduction programs. As of … Continue reading Rethink/Redesign/Refuse waste in the Zimbabwean food industry

Covid-19 pandemic – The road to a green recovery

by Rumbidzai Mashavave Lessons learnt from Covid-19 pandemic We are connected globally, maybe more than we realized. Prevention is better than cure. Covid-19 demanded more prevention strategies so an outstanding healthcare system was not enough to fight it. Biotechnology is as important as the Premier League. Most importantly, corona virus lockdowns unintentionally improved air quality. With lock downs easing globally and businesses resuming operations, the road to recovery from Covid-19 is an opportunity to move further away from a linear to a circular economy in the way we do business. To rethink, redesign waste out of the system. One way … Continue reading Covid-19 pandemic – The road to a green recovery

UK-Africa Investment Summit – January 2020 — Financing for Development in Africa

On 20 January 2020 the UK will host the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London. The Summit will be hosted by the Prime Minister and will bring together businesses, governments and international institutions to showcase and promote the breadth and quality of investment opportunities across Africa. The Summit will strengthen the UK’s partnership with African nations […] UK-Africa Investment Summit – January 2020 — Financing for Development in Africa There are 13 African countries listed to be part of the discussed, I am looking forward to hear meaningful partnership coming out of this summit in these countries. Seeing only 1 Southern Africa … Continue reading UK-Africa Investment Summit – January 2020 — Financing for Development in Africa

it takes 1 peri-urban farmer to think,collaborate & act circular.

Written by Rumbidzai Mashavave In 2014, I was part of a Healthy Urban Environments: Participatory Approaches in Improving Food Sovereignty in Urban Communities Participatory Action Research training project. It was facilitated by Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC) In collaboration … Continue reading it takes 1 peri-urban farmer to think,collaborate & act circular.

Nutrition Surveillance- Do we collect the RIGHT information for public health?

Written by Rumbidzai Mashavave The transition to a circular economy in the food system improves nutrition-related health outcomes. Globally nutrition imbalances are a cause for concern. Obesity has been largely dominant in middle-high income countries, while micronutrient deficiencies have been … Continue reading Nutrition Surveillance- Do we collect the RIGHT information for public health?