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Biodiversity protection through Women Empowerment & Nature Preservation in Buhera District, Zimbabwe.


Titre : Biodiversity protection through Women Empowerment & Nature Preservation in Buhera District, Zimbabwe.

Pays : Zimbabwe

Numéro projet : ZIM/SGP/OP7/Y1/CORE/BD/2021/03

Domaine : Biodiversity

Date : en cours en 2021

Bénéficiaire : Kuumba Arts Trust

This project aims to expand a successful initiative of sustainable wild harvesting of indigenous fruits and growing of indigenous melons in Buhera District, Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe, which will create essential sources of income for the women groups involved, while also preserving Zimbabwe’s nature and natural treasures. This will lead to : 1. Improving community management of natural resources through knowledge transfer and awareness raising. 2. Economic empowerment of community-based women’s groups through the creation of additional income flows, the strengthening of the organisation of the groups and enhancement of their knowledge base. 3. Improved nutrition among families of members, both directly (sustainable crops) and indirectly (via increased purchasing power).

The number of direct and indirect project beneficiaries will be approximately 1,200 people in Buhera District, while the set-up of the project provides opportunities for successful scaling up.Kuumba Arts has secured guaranteed offtake which will lead to additional sources of income for the women groups, which together with highly knowledgeable partners creates preconditions for successful implementation of this project.

Buhera District is one of seven districts that make up Manicaland Province in Zimbabwe. It is a predominately semi-arid rural community occupied almost entirely by communal farmers holding small parcels of land who rely primarily on their land to earn an income. Buhera is in agro-ecological region 4 and 5, which means that it receives very low amounts of rainfall (between 450 - 650mm annually), which have been unpredictable and uneven due to the effects of climate change. The region experiences periods of drought every 1-3 out of 10 years and is a region that struggles with land degradation, veld fires and alarming rates of deforestation. The primary source of livelihood is agriculture with an overdependence on the cultivation of maize, which often does poorly due to low rainfall, poor soils and poor farming practices. The cultivation of smaller drought resistant grains and other more sustainable agricultural practices are yet to become the basis for livelihoods in the region.

In Buhera, the environmental and economic challenges facing the district are compounded for women. Local women struggle with : i. Low levels of education which limit professional and business opportunities (about 60% of the population has a primary level education or less) ; ii. Very limited economic opportunities in the district (most households rely on agricultural activities from their small parcels) ; iii. Domestic violence and abuse ; iv. Child marriages (the practice of child marriages is still prevalent in Buhera especially among the Mapostori sect) ; and v. Limiting social and cultural customs and traditions.

Grant Amount (GEF) : US$ 50,000.00
Co-Finanshing in-Kind : US$ 8,000.00

GEF Small Grants Programme

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