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2018

Up scaling organic farming for sustainable biodiversity conservation and livelihood enhancement for increased market linkages - Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Titre : Up scaling organic farming for sustainable biodiversity conservation and livelihood enhancement for increased market linkages - Zimbabwe

Pays : Zimbabwe

Numéro projet : ZIM/SGP/OP6/Y3/CORE/CH/18/01

Domaine : Biodiversity Chemicals

Durée : 4/2018 — 5/2020

Bénéficiaire : Survival Skills Organic Farmers Association

Présentation
Survival Skills Organic Farming Community Association (SSOFA) is a Community Based Organization (CBO) located in Goromonzi District, Mashonaland Est Province that is active in promoting sustainable livelihoods, community development and environmental management. SSOFA has been practicing organic farming since 2007 as a community of farmers. However, through interactions at community levels and regular meetings coupled with several workshops facilitated by organizations such as Fambidzanayi Permaculture Centre (FPC), and Organic Network Forum (ONF) the ?community of farmers ? organized itself to become a vibrant community organic farming organization.
The association currently has 120 members that are active in implementing various activities that include ; 1) organic market gardening, 2) indigenous chicken production, 3) mushroom production 4) beekeeping and 5) nurseries establishment, tree planting and woodlot management. The core objective of the organization is to successfully reduce the use of dangerous chemicals such as tamaron, rogor, dimethoate 40EC, Methyl Dibromide and DDT in agriculture and substitute these with local pesticidal plants remedies such as preparations from chillies, marigolds, tephrosia among others. In addition, the farmers seek to reduce the use of inorganic fertilizers and substitute with organic fertilizers. This is aimed at promoting climate smart agro-ecology technique at community level.
Farmers within the association are now aware of sustainable environmental conservation and nutrition security and optimum dietary diversity and the importance of eliminating persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and benefits such as improved soil fertility, reduced soil erosion, improved nutrition through eating chemical free products are being realized. Famers have been trained in Internal Control Systems (ICS) of organic farming by FPC and have been able to monitor each other, hence qualified for the organic certification processes. Several horticultural products such as garlic, onions, leaf vegetables, beans, sweet potato, grafted mango and oranges are being produced. Lately, farmers are now producing organic crops such as groundnuts for peanut butter, honey, mushroom and indigenous chickens for sale although at a very small scale.

Financement
Grant Amount : GEF (SGP) : US$ 25,000.00
Co-Finanshing in-Kind : US$ 55,000.00

GEF Small Grants Programme

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