Smallholder farmers in Chiredzi district are cashing in big with green mealies, a product which is being produced at a relatively low cost and in rotation with chilli and sugar bean. The fresh cobs produced by smallholder irrigation farmers at Ruware, Nyangambe and Tokwane-Ngundu irrigation schemes have attracted buyers from as far as Bulawayo and […]
The Smallholder Irrigation Revitalisation Programme (SIRP) has seen the successful revitalisation of several irrigation schemes in Masvingo province, a development that is likely to spur a positive turnaround in rural agriculture in the province.
The rehabilitation of moribund rural smallholder irrigation schemes is critical in strengthening rural livelihoods in the face climate change-worsened economicshocks currently ravaging communities in the semi-arid regions of Masvingo province.
Forecasts by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations indicate that global food production will need to increase by 60% by 2050 to feed the ever-expanding global population.
Diversification is one of the major strategies to deal with the impact of climate change in communal areas. This can be crop diversification involving small grains or diversification of agricultural practices and having multiple sources of livelihood.
The selling season which would reach its peak at the turn of the winter season was a time of joy. It was the only time we could go to town for shopping; new school uniforms, ordinary clothes, food and new farm implements inter alia
Recently, I joined a Twitter Space (Farm Spaces Africa) which brought together farmers, crop scientists and other professionals along the agriculture value chain. The discussion was based on agriculture technology.
Most rural areas in Zimbabwe are still reliant on rain-fed farming systems, which make them more vulnerable to climate change and the resultant food insecurity. Where smallholder irrigation schemes exist, productivity is very low mainly due to lack of funding and technical support, leaving most farmers jammed in subsistence irrigation systems.
The adoption of irrigation schemes is an essential policy to eradicate poverty and improve food security for many governments across Africa. The Zimbabwean government in partnership with other stakeholders under private and non-governmental organizations, has made great strides to fund the development of irrigation schemes in semi-arid regions which often face recurring dry spells.