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Beating Hunger, The Chivi Experience

By Kuda Murwira
ISBN: 9781853395246
This book describes a project among small-scale farmers in the drought-prone and arid communal lands of Zimbabwe which, within the broad remit of promoting food security, helped the farmers identify their problems and choose their own solutions to them.

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  • Synopsis
    This book describes a project among small-scale farmers in the drought-prone and arid communal lands of Zimbabwe which, within the broad remit of promoting food security, helped the farmers identify their problems and choose their own solutions to them. Central to the project was the attention paid to strengthening existing institutions - the local farmers' clubs and women's garden groups - to ensure the continuity of activities after the departure of the project. Also of critical importance was the involvement of Agritex (the government agricultural extension service) from the start of the project, which has meant that the process approach that was demonstrated in Chivi District, is now being taught to extension workers and adopted throughout the service. The project also attempted to strengthen women's position in the local community without confrontation and is also being replicated elsewhere in Zimbabwe, adapting the ten-year experience in Chivi. This project has been unique internationally in its combination of the participation of local community institutions and the government's commitment to the reorganization of its agricultural development services. The range of the successful institutionalization of these methods has lessons about sustainability for us all.
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    Author Kuda Murwira
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    Number of Pages 160
    Format Paperback / softback
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