The Early Actions intervention program is proving to be effective in contributing to increased resilience among 500 households in wards 6 and 9 of Chimanimani, Manicaland province. The early actions funded by the Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF) saw families receiving vegetable seeds such as butternuts, sugar beans, okra, tomatoes, carrots towards rehabilitating their gardens.
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 for household consumption and surplus for sale to raise income. He added that the action will ultimately contribute to food and nutrition security through implementing best agronomic practices and techniques which have proven to be effective in building resilience in the face of climatic change effects.
Through training on the best farming practices such as composting, crop diversification and soil protection farmers have enhanced agriculture practices 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.
DAPP Zimbabwe is implementing this project through the support from UFF HUMAMA