Achieving food security for farmers in Zimbabwe

Report
from Government of Australia
Published on 13 Oct 2017 View Original

Act for Peace is working to enable farmers in drought-prone areas in Zimbabwe to adopt techniques to achieve food security. Their project works to ensure hard-working farming families receive the seeds, training and tools they need to always have enough to eat.

Conservation Farming is an approach that enables farmers to increase soil fertility and water resource management and is proving highly successful in addressing conditions related to climate change and drought in Zimbabwe. Most farmers in the program are women and the program has helped to improve economic and social status of women.

The program works intensively on mentoring and skill strengthening so that farmers have the confidence and technical proficiency to increase their crop yields and strengthen household food security, decreasing their dependency on food aid in the longer-term.

Through the Conservation Farming program, the farmers learn how to cover the ground with mulch from old stalks of corn to keep the water from evaporating and to hoe the soil in preparation for seed planting. These simple but innovative techniques are ensuring farmers living in drought-stricken areas in Zimbabwe are able to feed their families, even when the rains fail.

Since joining the Conservation Farming program, Joyce, a farmer in Zimbabwe, has been able to grow enough corn to eat and now earns an income selling her surplus crop at market. Joyce said, “I feel like a well-established farmer. Thank you to the people in Australia for helping teach us this method of farming.”

Act for Peace works locally with partners the Zimbabwe Council of Churches and Christian Care, and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).