Fragile States and COVID19- Zimbabwe Project

Executive Summary

Having held the record of the highest inflation rate in the world i, Zimbabwe is struggling to develop sustainable solutions to its multifaceted problems. Food security is one of the most pressing issues faced by the population today, with high levels of malnutrition and a perennial risk of famine.  Food shortages are aggravated by persistent droughts, unused arable land, and a lack of knowledge of appropriate farming practices to cope with harsh weather conditions. Our project seeks to address the issues behind Zimbabwe’s food shortages by providing longterm solutions through training and collaboration. Using funds from Global Affairs Canada, Canadian Agriculture Relief and Development in Zimbabwe (CARDZ) aims to connect local Zimbabwean and Canadian farmers to share best practices and farming techniques that address Zimbabwe’s distinct circumstances. CARDZ will facilitate farmer-to-farmer learning and host workshops between the Canadian NGO SeedChange and the Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum (ZIMSOFF) through the Manicaland Agroecology School. The school will engage local farmers, youth, and women, ensuring the participation of the most vulnerable groups in accordance with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP). It will engage members of the rural community and improve farming practices at local levels to establish sustainable food security.