Since joining the Conservation Farming program, Aaron, a farmer in Zimbabwe, can now grow enough food to feed his family. Richard Wainwright/Act for Peace
Zimbabwe, one of the poorest countries in the world, is currently experiencing its worst drought in 35 years. Changing weather patterns due to climate change mean farmers are struggling to grow enough food using conventional farming methods. As a result, more than 1 in 3 families are experiencing severe hunger. Your support is helping to teach farmers in Zimbabwe an innovative new method called Conservation Farming, ensuring farmers can harvest enough crops to feed their family, even when the rains fail.
How you’re helping
Your support is helping Act for Peace’s partner, Christian Care (CC), teach Conservation Farming techniques to farmers living in drought-prone areas in Zimbabwe. Conservation farming is much better suited to the changes in climate and low rainfall that the country is now experiencing and is proving highly successful in addressing drought related conditions in Zimbabwe.
With your help, Christian Care works with men and women to strengthen best practices through enhanced soil fertility, precision mulching, organic composting, crop rotations and water resource management. 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.
The program works on a three year training cycle whereby farmers graduate from beginner to lead farmers, many of whom then go on to encourage other farmers to join the program. Apart from providing much needed nutrients, Conservation Farming increases copy yields for farmers, thereby reducing dependency on food aid in the longer-term.