I had a fantastic day with farmers at Jambezi village in the Hwange district of Western Zimbabwe today.
Climate change is very real in Zimbabwe as the premature stoppage of rains, followed by very late rains, has wreaked havoc with the maize harvest. The country is expected to have a short fall of one million tonnes of maize, and the drought is being compared to that experienced in 1992.
We engaged with two lead farmers:
We first met with Mr and Mrs Sibanda who were experimenting with conservation agriculture with pearl millet, sorghum, groundnut and cowpea. He is a very charismatic man who works with his wife to farm around two hectares.
The second farmer, Mrs Kesi Nkosi, was an older lady who was producing sorghum seed for the first time. We will be buying the seed from of her to start bulking seed of an old ICRISAT variety called Macia. She was very proud of her farm and her use of weather forecasts to better manage her operations and inputs. Read more