Local innovation in water management in Zimbabwe

Lloyd Ruvengo, a small-scale farmer in Mwenezi District of Zimbabwe, has developed a unique system to harvest rainwater. He says he found a way to speak the same language with water when he observed how rainwater behaved when it flowed during the wet season: I started channeling water from the hills that are opposite my homestead. I dug pits especially on termite mounds in my field so that the water would collect there and seep underground using the natural tunnel system created by termites. This worked well for me as most of the rainwater was then stored underground. I also constructed small reservoirs to store some of the rainwater.” See the article from the PELUM-Zimbabwe May 2023 newsletter here.

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