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
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
by Rumbidzai Mashavave With 18 hour power cuts in Zimbabwe, rising costs of LP gas as an alternative source of energy, the high costs of solar energy. We cannot continue to limit the potential of biogas as a renewable source … Continue reading Urban Local Resource: Food Waste for energy
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.
Written by Rumbidzai Mashavave As the Zimbabwean economy continues to plunge, I thought it important to share coping mechanisms at household level and community level that promote circular thinking ad sustainability. The questions of access to basic needs are what … Continue reading Zimbabwe survival tips- think, act circular
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?
For us to ACT, we need to first of all THINK. This involves understanding the concept of circular economy, its applicability to local settings, in this case Zimbabwe Continue reading Sustainability gives a thumbs up to Circular Economy.
There is need to go beyond talking but to ACT – Action, Collaborate, Think Continue reading Time to ACT: Circular Food systems
by Rumbidzai Mashavave A 34 paged document entitled Investment Guidelines and Opportunities in Zimbabwe by the Government of Zimbabwe, signed by His Excellency E.D Mnangagwa, the President of Zimbabwe in January 2018 has been circulating in social media. In short, … Continue reading Business in Zimbabwe: Just waiting for investor
In a branding workshop run by Thembie Khumalo I attended, she said something that changed the way I do business strategy and planning. People do not care about your business- be the solution they are looking for…in branding 70% of your time is spent in thinking. To be the solution, you need to understand the problem, how it is currently being solved and how you can be the desired solution to the target market. Public health, poverty, food insecurity and climate change are cross cutting issues in developing counties that the international development community has worked for decades to solve … Continue reading Business in Zimbabwe: Where there is a problem there is an opportunity!