How women farmers are battling climate change in Zimbabwe

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from IRIN
Published on 08 Mar 2017 View Original

Tonderayi Mukeredzi
IRIN contributor in Zimbabwe

RUSAPE/ZIMBABWE, 8 March 2017

Chengetai Zonke lost much of her maize crop to drought last year. When it came to planting again, she decided to reduce her stake in what has become a recurrent climate change gamble.

At her homestead in Chiware, in Zimbabwe’s northeastern Manicaland Province, the 52-year-old farmer explained why. “I’ve abandoned tilling the bigger fields to avoid the risk of putting more land under crops that may fail due to lack of rain or too much rain,” she told IRIN. “Replanting costs money, which is scarce.”

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