The Early Action intervention program is proving to be effective in contributing to increased resilience among 500 households in wards 6 and 9 of Manicaland province. The early actions funded by the Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF) saw families receiving vegetable seeds to such as butternuts, sugar beans, okra, tomatoes, carrots as a first step to rehabilitating their gardens.

Seed handover

Seed planting

DAPP programs manager, Petros Muzuva says the actions are addressing food insecurity by providing stable and rapid access to nutritious food through assisting families restore 500 household gardens in Chimanimani district.

“The idea is that farmers should grow vegetables and they gain on both ends as they get their nutrients from the vegetables they grow as well as income from selling the produce”. He added that the action will ultimately contribute to the country’s food chain emergency by implementing best agronomic practices and techniques which have proven to be effective in building resilience ahead of climatic change effects.

Through training on the best farming practices such as composting, crop diversification and soil protection farmers have enhanced their skills and knowledge resulting in increased yields. So far households’ have started to see a reduction in in their food expenditure as they are getting food from their own gardens products while other with surplus are earning money from sales.

DAPP Zimbabwe is implementing this project through the support from  UFF HUMAMA