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Farmer, Activist and Educator Chido Govera to Talk About ‘Growing Change’

Exploring how small-scale agro ecological methods of farming can empower women, benefit the environment, and contribute to food sovereignty and security.

On Tuesday the 2nd of May, SEI in partnership with Sydney Ideas has the pleasure of hosting Chido Govera for the Food [at] Sydney public lecture, Growing Change: female empowerment through farming and social enterprise.

Chido Govera is a Zimbabwean Mushroom farmer and Activist who joins us to discuss the important role of food in community building and prosperity.

Chido began growing mushrooms when she was a girl which allowed her to attain her independence and escape pressures to marry at a young age. By the age of 16, Chido was able to profit from mushroom cultivation and she has since become a world-renowned advocate for growing mushrooms for the empowerment of women and girls.

Chido’s activism and farming intersect principles of sustainability and feminism, which are reflected when she founded The Future of Hope Foundation. Through the foundation, Chido teaches women and girls to grow gourmet mushrooms sustainably, by using human waste and communicates the powerful message for the need to create a healthier environment through managing food waste.

 For many years Chido has shared her unique skills and experiences with women throughout Africa and globally as an educator and mentor.

In the lecture, Chido and series chair Alana Mann, will explore how small-scale agroecological methods of farming can empower women, benefit the environment, and contribute to food sovereignty and security.

Event details:

Tuesday 2 May 2017

6.00 – 7.30PM

Law School Foyer, New Law School Eastern Avenue | University of Sydney

To register, click here.


Chido Govera is a farmer, campaigner, and educator who teaches mushroom cultivation to thousands of people from across the world, from her native Zimbabwe to Colombia. Govera began mushroom farming at the age of 11 having been orphaned at age 8 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. By age 16 she was using her profits from mushroom cultivation to single-handedly provide for her grandmother and send her brothers to school. Her amazing story has inspired communities in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, India, Colombia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, to grow mushrooms as a sustainable means of providing food and income. She is the founder of the Future of Hope Foundation, working with young women around the world to become change agents, promote responsibility for themselves and see possibilities around them.