The Shashe Agroecology School in southern Zimbabwe will build on its long history of bringing farmers together, by organizing and training 50 women to start an environmentally-friendly piggery that would also contribute to soil fertility and water management. It is aimed at empowering 50 women and girls in economic emancipation and decision making processes through piggery project. The project will help the 50 women farmers in food security, nutritional diversification and income generation.
The women identified for the project are rural women who have no or little income. This is due to the fact that their agricultural produce is unable to sustain them with household incomes. They are then unable to complete the livelihoods cycle. Evidence has shown that women and girls are mostly found in agricultural activities but are not involved in decision making process that has to do with their food and nutrition aspects. This also includes decision making on how they can use their income.
The piggery projects is anticipated to empower 50 rural women and girls in economic emancipation and decision making processes in their economic activities. This is expected to bring incomes to households such that the participants will have food which they produce and also income to purchase other necessities like fees for school going children, access to medical care and medicines from local health providers. This will also help in diversifying food and nutrition requirements of the women.
Initially the project will have a reach of 50 women and their families but it is anticipated that there will be more beneficiaries as we hope to grow the project to cover 100 families within the Shashe Block of Farms. This is an area which is affected by erratic rainfall patterns and it is necessary for farmers to have livestock and not depend on rain fed agricultural crop production alone. This will see about 500 people improving their income, move out of poverty and improve their livelihoods.