The aim of the project is to build capacity among 1,200 mainly female farmers in Makoni District so they are better prepared against current and future climate change related shocks and thus improve food security. This involves assisting them with changing to more sustainable agricultural practices, better adapted crops and protecting the local environment – for example by planting 50,000 trees, vetiver rows against erosion. Ten group gardens will get access to rope pump irrigation which will enable production in the dry seasons and during drought spells.
- Registered 1,200 farmers, of 978 are female, and started 24 Farmers’ Clubs.
- Trained 24 club committees and 120 Step-up farmers to lead core groups.
- 12 oil pressers and 12 peanut butter machines have been distributed to each Farmer’s Club in connection with training on crop processing.
- 1.25 km of vetiver grass planted, targeting areas that are prone to soil erosion.
- 51,600 trees under production in 120 nurseries among the farmers.
- 1,414 trees planted (519 indigenous, 646 fruit, 200 eucalyptus and 50 fodder trees)
- 24 club model garden established to show best agronomic practices whilst also providing nutritional vegetable from 10 seed varieties provided by the project.
- 8 rope pumps installed in new wells and 2 existing rope pumps repaired. 20 pump mechanics have been trained in installation and servicing of the pumps.
- Collected data for a baseline survey on the use of sustainable practices.
- Two booklets with a total of 100 pages and a PowerPoint presentation with the titles “Farmers’ Clubs ‑ Fighting Climate Change”.
- The project started in December 2017, and will end in June 2019.
- Implemented by Development Aid from People to People Zimbabwe.
- Funded by a donation from The GAIA-Movement Living Earth Green World Action USA Inc., and The GAIA-Movement Trust Living Earth Green World Action.