The Christian Science Monitor reports  that Chikhuntha uses low-tech methods like plots two feet below ground level (putting roots closer to the water table) and narrow channels the width of a hoe (so that water can be redirected by moving a clod of dirt) to succeed where big-dollar donor programs have failed.
Here’s the Monitor’s analysis:
What prevents more African farmers from using such a system? Sitting under a shade tree, clad in a crisp white oxford shirt and matching baseball cap, Chinkhuntha answers by remembering that, as a child, his father often pointed to hunched-over old farmers and warned, "If you don't go to school you'll end up like that man."
More education is one answer. But if the continent's already-educated people picked up farming, "
This confirms that the key factor of production is knowledge, not “land, labor, or capital” (cf. ), but the implication is counter-intuitive:
 A home-grown solution to African hunger, Christian Science Monitor, 1 February 2006 (fee may be required)