Bringing seeds of hope to dry areas in Zimbabwe

The problem: Profit losses due to crop failure and low yields. The ENTERPRIZE consortia implementing the Livelihoods and Food Security Programme’s (LFSP) Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition (APN) component is providing farmers with commercial access to drought-tolerant mung bean seed in Guruve district. Climate change including the effects of drought can cause annual crop losses of … Continue reading Bringing seeds of hope to dry areas in Zimbabwe

Protecting farmers’ livelihoods through improved grain storage

The problem: Profit losses due to crop storage constraints Grain storage loss can cost farmers 25%-30% of their yield for the season due to moisture, insects, mold, mildew, and rodents. In Zimbabwe, 14 million people depend on stored grains for consumption. The World Bank (2014) estimates up to 9.5 million people (67.5%) reside in rural … Continue reading Protecting farmers’ livelihoods through improved grain storage

Government of Zimbabwe adopts seed enrichment

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Health and Child Care David Parirenyatwa, has called for the crafting of a policy compelling food processors to add micro nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B into their products during the production process. The Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP) is already ahead of addressing this need by … Continue reading Government of Zimbabwe adopts seed enrichment

Adaptive agriculture makes a difference in Manicaland

Zimbabwe’s Mutasa district in the country’s eastern Manicaland province is characterized by undulating hills with steep slopes that taper into the plains of the famous Honde valley. The district is home to over 17,000 inhabitants who rely on semi-commercial agriculture for a livelihood derived from raising cattle, goats and chicken. A lot of the land … Continue reading Adaptive agriculture makes a difference in Manicaland