We’re immensely proud that the government of Zimbabwe has recognised the value of our Pfumvudza model for agricultural plot management and has asked us to see it rolled out to 1.6 MILLION houses. We’re to be training 6,000 extension officers who work in communities and soon we’re know that in addition to project work in schools, so many others will be getting the benefit of seeing one hectare of land yielding 450kg of maize through traditional framing methods going up to 800kg per one sixteenth of a hectare!
There’s a flip side to the coin, but with every disaster comes opportunity, or so they say. As Coronavirus put Zimbabwe into lockdown this left staff teams confined to their homes often unable to work due to lack of internet or IT equipment. However we’re proud to say that this did not stop us from getting some work of real value done. The Foundations for Farming method has taught people for years on the leading methods in climate smart agriculture, teaching stewardship of the land for a sustainable future in the face of climate change whilst simultaneously providing better crop yields to feed the people we work with. This lockdown gave us the opportunity to review how we are delivering our programme and we’re happy to say that work is underway to build on our delivery methodology and make it into something even stronger. We’ve been looking at how communities adopt the lessons we teach in schools. How to overcome reticence to adopt farming methods which are lot in line with what people were brought up to do. The answer of course has many routes but at their core it’s about involvement. With on-going funding support going to make it happen. In schools it’s about proving crop yields and inviting parents and communities to see it. We aim to involve communities in support the development of nutritional gardens and share in the lessons we teach schools. Building on the success of the Pfumvudza adoption we’re working to ensure that this invaluable knowledge is adopted as widely as possible. This is indeed an exciting time for our work.
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