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2014

Enhanced agricultural productivity and resilience to climate change through solar irrigation (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe

Titre : Enhanced agricultural productivity and resilience to climate change through solar irrigation (Zimbabwe)

Pays : Zimbabwe
Lieu : Gwanda, Matabeleland South,

Date : October 2014 – September 2017

Contexte : Most of the rural population in Southern Africa depend on rain-fed agriculture. These farmers are increasingly feeling the effects of extreme weather, particularly drought. In addition have poor access to quality inputs and technology. Gwanda district is one of the driest areas in Zimbabwe with less than 500 mm of rain a year. Communities in Gwanda often experience food shortages because of severe drought.

Objectif : Increase food security and improve 3,000 people’s resilience to climate shocks in the Gwanda district.

Présentation
This project is addressing the major underlying causes of food insecurity in Zimbabwe including poor access to water for irrigation, insufficient food production and a lack of livelihoods alternatives to crop production.
Outcomes include : * Improved access to water for smallholder farmers – creating gardens equipped with solar pumping, tank supply systems and drip irrigation Increasing crop production and crop diversification with starter packs for diverse vegetable crops and organic fertilizer * Training in maintenance of solar and pumping systems, water conservation, community seed multiplication, participatory extension approaches, diversifying income sources and value addition such as drying and food processing * Distribution of goats and indigenous chickens for alternative livelihoods* Knowledge materials for new crops such as onions, carrots, brassicas and tomatoes
The solar powered drip irrigation technology has ensured water use efficiency in the driest parts of the country resulting in farmers increasing cultivated areas. Nine solar powered pumping systems have reduced the drudgery associated with carrying water.

Bénéficiaires : 3,000 smallholder farmers

Financement : Principal funders : Trocaire, UKAid — £380,000

Practical Action

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