WFP, partners Agritex to promote small grains

THE World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Agritex, has bolstered the resilience capacity of smallholder farmers through cultivation of drought-tolerant small grains.

By Tafadzwa Ufumeli

Sorghum is seen in one of the fields belonging to the small grain project beneficiaries in Mudzi
Sorghum is seen in one of the fields belonging to the small grain project beneficiaries in Mudzi
sorghum, but with the private sector’s intervention I’m seeing myself harvesting more than 40 bags of sorghum this season.”

Farmers were taught good agriculture practices (Gap) focusing on conservation agriculture and farming as a business.

On the total hectarage of 9 186,61, 29%, which is 2 704,3ha, is the total farmed area, which was supported through the Zero Hunger Small Grain Project in both Mudzi and Rushinga.

“The training was essential in a way that we have moved from planting crops wrong time and using wrong methods, however, as farmers in Suswe ward we are now equipped with technical aspects of farming which is a benefit to our community”, Bandera added.

WFP is moving from supporting using aid to building sustainable resilience before, during and after seasonal shocks like the recent El-Nino induced drought.

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