A New Start in Zimbabwe
This summer, FYF has met with organizations in Zimbabwe and we are eager to start a program that will lead to a better future for the local people involved.
FYF had to withdraw from Zimbabwe in the early 2000s due to the political situation. The situation now is slightly more stable, enabling us to return. The people of Zimbabwe are having to cope with increasing pressure on the land as the population grows, a lack of employment opportunities and the added strain that HIV and AIDS put on families and communities when sick people move back to the rural areas.
Initially the program in Chimanimani District, eastern Zimbabwe aims to provide food security for the farmers and their families. But more than that, we want to go beyond food security and work towards creating sustainable livelihoods where farmers grow quality organic and branded products for local, national and possibly international markets. Farmers will be trained in organic food production, food processing and value addition. The ambition is to establish a value chain connecting isolated farmers in remote areas with markets in urban areas and beyond.
Collaborating with farmers from the outset it will ensure that farmers innovate, learn and share new ideas, methodologies and technologies. Simultaneously, we will gather documentation to spread awareness on good practices and influence policy.
We are excited to be back and work with the civil society of Zimbabwe. Our local partners have continued their work through incredibly difficult times, and we look forward to supporting them in their efforts in providing a better future for small farmers and their communities.