Climate-resilient farming takes root in Mwenezi

Women are also actively involved, with representation in project committees.

A NEW initiative is helping communities in Zimbabwe adapt to the challenges of climate change. The Green Climate Fund (GCP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are working with the government to establish climate-resistant livelihoods in three provinces.

The Mwenezi district in Masvingo province is one of the beneficiaries. Here, the Pikinini Jawanda irrigation scheme is creating new opportunities for farmers in Pikinini and Jawanda villages. This US$1.1 million project provides water during dry spells, allowing for year-round agriculture.

The project benefits more than just farmers. Local youths, previously unemployed due to drought, were hired to build the irrigation infrastructure and receive maintenance training. Women are also actively involved, with representation in project committees.

Joice Chauke, a local farmer, is hopeful that the project will combat hunger and improve the lives of villagers. The irrigation scheme uses water from the Manyuchi Dam, located 140 kilometers away, to service 156 hectares of land.

"I am happy that as women, we are also at the forefront of this project and we also have representation in the committees Our voice is heard and our opinions are also taken into consideration"

"This project will help fight hunger in our area and country. We are gratefull to the funder and implementers of the project," she said.

Eric Matutu (24), a youth who is also benefiting from this schemo expresses his gratitude to the contractors who did not outsource labor but rather engaged the local youths.

Local leadership plays a key role in ensuring project success. Committees have been established to address grievances and delegate tasks, promoting accountability and smooth operation. This collaborative effort is bringing positive results to Mwenezi district.


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