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Agriculture and energy projects

Farmers in Southern Africa are experiencing more frequent years of devasting drought. In the regions of Bulilima and Gwanda,  rivers and wetlands have dried up. When it does come, heavy rain washes away top soil, causing further desertification.Women spend many hours digging for water and collecting it in buckets.  This severely restricts the amount of land they are able to cultivate. Over the past 25 years we have been working with communities to help them introduce, sustainable, innovative farming methods that will improve their yields and their incomes.

Our agriculture and energy projects

Solar irrigation for food security

Solar powered irrigation to help farmers move from subsistence to commercial farming.

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Renewable energy empowering women farmers

In dry areas of Zimbabwe farmers are unable to produce enough food because of a lack of irrigation

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Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities

This project is helping families survive future droughts, put food on their tables and sell surplus crops to earn a living by connecting irrigation schemes to solar-powered mini-grids.

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Livelihoods and food security for farmers

By growing different crops, adapted to cope with lower rainfall, smallholder farmers are able to produce more food and improve nutrition for their families.

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Increasing food security and resilience to climate change

In dry areas of Zimbabwe farmers are unable to produce enough food because of a lack of irrigation

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Betty's new entrepreneurial spirit

Betty Ncube lives in Gwanda, Zimbabwe. Three years of devastating droughts and flooding have caused a lot of damage in this region. As a result, Betty used to struggle to grow enough food on her farm to feed herself and her family. Her days were spent looking for casual work and she had to bor...

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A brighter future for Samantha's family

When Samantha Tshuma was twelve years old, her parents left their home in Bulilima, Zimbabwe. They found it impossible to make enough money from farming in Bulilima to provide for their family. They felt their only option was to move to neighbouring South Africa for work. At twelve years o...

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Improving yields from farming in a harsh climate

Most people who live in the Gwanda district of Southern Zimbabwe rely on farming to make a living. Over the last few years their crop yields have fallen significantly because rainfall has become less predictable and weather conditions increasingly harsh. Anastacia and Leonard Ncube farm a ...

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Determination at Zibiliseni garden

“Our name Zibiliseni means 'determination' and we are indeed determined!" asserts Sphiwe Ncube, who makes a living by growing and selling vegetables as part of the 42 member Zibilseni garden scheme.  She farms in Gwanda, an area with low, erratic rainfall. Life is a...

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Look and learn inspires farmers

“After this look and learn horticultural visit, coupled with the proper technical support when I go back home, as we have exactly the same resources that are being used for production of seedlings, I feel that I can establish my own local small scale commercial community based nursery bu...

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Managing forests sustainably

Improving food security through the sustainable management of forest resources

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Promoting Smallholder Market Engagement project

The project seeks to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers from 11 irrigation schemes in Manicaland, Zimbabwe.This will be achieved through: improved management of shared resources, engagement in improved markets, enhanced business skills and access to quality and timely relevant extension a...

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Micro-hydro for irrigation in Himalaya, Zimbabwe

In the mountains of the Mutare District of Zimbabwe, Practical Action are implementing a four-year Rural Sustainable Energy Development project, which uses micro hydro for irrigation.

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Mainstreaming livelihood-centred approaches to disaster management
five-year project investigating and applying community-driven approaches to disaster management, drawing upon local knowledge and using appropriate technologies which are effective in protecting vulnerable communities.

Enhancing food and livelihoods security of vulnerable communities in drought-prone areas of Zimbabwe
This three-year project aims to enhance the food and livelihood security of vulnerable communities in drought prone areas of the country through increasing practical opportunities for improved food production and livelihoods in rural Gwanda, Matobo, Bulilima and Mangwe districts in the vast semi-arid Matabeleland South Province.

Improving the Livelihood Options of Vulnerable Rural Poor Communities in Semi-arid Areas of Zimbabwe
Started in 2006 this European Commission funded project, known as the EC Block Grant (BG), aims to improve the livelihood options of vulnerable rural poor communities in semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe.

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