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In 2009, Mercy Corps Zimbabwe created sustainable and efficient community-based solutions to offset the rapid and debilitating global increase in food prices.
The establishment of communal gardens and conservation farming in southeastern Zimbabwe helped vulnerable rural farmers and their families to produce and consume a greater quantity and diversity of food on a sustainable basis.
Conservation farming also enabled smallholders to adopt more productive and environmentally sustainable farming systems that improve soil fertility and yields, and thus food security. Trainings in conservation farming were provided, as well as agricultural inputs, such as seeds and fertilizer.
The communal gardens are comprised of vegetables and herbs, providing food year-round for households to consume themselves or sell for additional income. The diverse produce from these gardens will continue to improve people’s diets and consequently their health.
Over 635 direct and 3,370 indirect vulnerable rural people in Chipinge, Chiredzi, and Buhere districts benefited from these activities.
This program was supported by donations from The Hunger Site and GreaterGood.org. In the last decade, GreaterGood.org and The GreaterGood Network has given more than $1 million to Mercy Corps.