Turning Zimbabwe’s indigenous knowledge social systems for economic growth: A case of Honde Valley in Manicaland Province

Offard Kanjanda, Getrude Vongai Chiparange, Kenneth J Saruchera


Indigenous knowledge systems encompass all the natural resources, knowledge, culture and sills that the community values. The study focused on how the rich indigenous knowledge systems in Honde Valley can be used as a vehicle to foster and to establish methods of promoting sustainable economic growth for the community. The community has valuable indigenous knowledge systems and skills to successfully utilise to effect sustainable change, yet its economic status is wilting each day. This floppy situation can be addressed through turning the indigenous knowledge systems into effective use for the community’s economic change. Marangos (2006) argues that effective approach to indigenous knowledge systems leads to some solutions towards perpetual life-cycle of poverty. According to Atkins and Fray (2014) the richness of the community lies in the minds of that particular community. Hence, collective efforts in the use of indigenous resources by the community itself make it possible to change its own life-style. From a population of 12 000, only 50 participants were purposively selected because qualitative studies deal with small sample sizes that look into insights. The purposive sampling technique was used because the researchers wanted to work with appropriate informants. A qualitative case approach was adopted because it included interviewing participants, analysing responses, observing them and listening to their social interaction (Patton 2002; Punch 2009). Questionnaire, interviews and focus group discussions were employed as data generating techniques. Ethical and legal considerations were observed. The study revealed that the community lacked correct approaches to resuscitate the indigenous knowledge systems which were suffocated by the foreigners. The community had deficiency in social change and value added concepts. The study recommended that the community needs education and empowerment towards diversity, creativity and innovative to enable them to be more culturally conscious to the uniqueness of their indigenous knowledge systems.


sustainable economic growth, indigenous knowledge systems, floppy situation, perpetual life-cycle of poverty, resuscitate, suffocated, wilt

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