Beating Vitamin A deficiency

By Daphne Machiri The orange flesh sweet potato (OFSP) has shown huge potential in boosting food security and fighting vitamin A deficiency. These sweet potatoes have a classic deep orange colour. In the country, HarvestPlus Zimbabwe, in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, has embarked on a nutrition campaign to … Continue reading Beating Vitamin A deficiency

Sowing the Seeds for a Better Future: Seed production pays dividends as smallholder profits grow

Zimbabwe’s agricultural potential Agriculture in Zimbabwe is a key source of income for most of the population, with over 60% of those who are economically active working in farming. Having been the Bread Basket of Africa, agriculture now only accounts for a small percentage of the country’s GDP. With the sector being dominated by smallholder … Continue reading Sowing the Seeds for a Better Future: Seed production pays dividends as smallholder profits grow

Rural agro-dealers: A vital link in the agriculture value chain

The transformation of subsistence agriculture in Africa holds tremendous promise for catalysing economic growth and creating employment opportunities. The need for agribusiness development in Zimbabwe is undeniable, especially for its largely rural population. Rural agro-dealers continue to play a critical role in the agricultural input supply chain by selling both crop and livestock input to … Continue reading Rural agro-dealers: A vital link in the agriculture value chain

Access to pulping machines saves labour for coffee farmers

The LFSP's Markets Development component is improving access to labour saving technologies for smallholder farmers in various ways. Through one of the private sector grantees (Zimbabwe Coffee Mill), over 300 farmers have moved away from their labour intensive rudimentary methods of primary processing of their coffee that greatly compromises quality resulting in inability to compete on … Continue reading Access to pulping machines saves labour for coffee farmers