Our approach

We support the resilience of small scale, family farming and community gardening to build sustainable livelihoods.

Diverse horticultural production under careful rotation reduces environmental, climate and market risks.  Organic production & market development in Zimbabwe.

Diverse horticultural production under careful rotation reduces environmental, climate and market risks.  Organic production & market development in Zimbabwe.

 

 

  • We work with botanical, social research and natural farming experts, to develop innovative and sustainable livelihood strategies.
     
  • We provide training in sustainable agriculture to increase yields while reducing expenditure on costly inputs.
     
  • We assist producers to develop and manage their savings and to select appropriate value chains.
     
  • We facilitate value-chain relationships between producers and buyers.
 

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Our outcomes

Projects within our Plant-based Livelihoods Programme seek the following outcomes:

Rotation with legumes is essential for soil fertility. This sugar snap crop also founds a very profitable market.

Rotation with legumes is essential for soil fertility. This sugar snap crop also founds a very profitable market.

  • Increased agricultural biodiversity which increases ecological, social and economic resilience in the face of shocks. 
     
  • Small-scale producers and family farmers have improved capacity to select value chains appropriate to their natural resource-base.
     
  • Strengthened producer co-operation and agency that improves value chain efficiency, access to markets, and availability of credit. 
  • An enabling policy environment that improves market access for small-scale producers with the capacity to sustain livelihoods.
 

We are taking advantage of this knowledge to grow organically, and learning about existing and potential markets. With what I have learned, I am now training 35 people and have set up our organic association. We have all upgraded our skills so that we can access more lucrative markets, and have improved technologies to enhance the quality and quantity of our production cost-effectively.
— Beauty Katsenga in Zimbabwe (translated from Shona)
Beauty with her tomato jam.

Beauty with her tomato jam.