Following the devastating events of Cyclone IDAI in which means of livelihood was lost for the Chimanimani community, the Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) through Support from We Effect has come up with a project to assist school based young farmers clubs’ feeding programs.
The $50 000USD worth Cyclone IDAI support project is targeting 15 school based young farmers clubs with each school getting 2 sets of drip kits, 2 sets of picks, shovels, hosepipes, 4-wheel burrows, racks, 10 buckets, work suits, gumboots, hoes, fertilizers and a variety of seedlings.
The hand-over of the equipment to the Chimanimani community will be done on the 16th of October 2019.
“Our strategy is to contribute to the school feeding program by ensuring that school based Young Farmers’ Clubs, (YFCs) are equipped with irrigation kits to promote production as well imparting conservation agriculture techniques which are water conserving,” said ZFU Executive Director, Mr. Paul Zakariya.
“After considering the fact that, the school feeding program requires relish, we thought to support the YFCs with equipment to use as well as seedlings not food that they can consume there and there, the project is looking at them having a continuous supply of relish as well as making a little of money if they are able to produce surplus and sell, We felt that this would make a far reaching impact and is up scalable,” he said.
Mr. Zakariya also cited that the situation in Chimanimani is still very dreadful as some of the victims are still living in tents that could be swept away by the fast approaching rains.
“The situation down in Chimanimani is dire and needs urgent attention, what we did is just part of the assistance that is needed there,” he said.
“Some of the victims are still living in tents, when we travelled there to deliver some of the equipment we noticed that the roads were slippery after a few showers and this could affect the YFCs say they have managed to go full scale, produce surplus and want to sell outside their community,” he added.
The Catastrophic flooding that emerged from Mozambique is said to have affected close to 2.2 million people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. IDAI is one of the top five worst storms to ever hit Southern Africa and has caused an unprecedented amount of damage.