Climate Adaptive Gardening

Facilitating knowledge transfer, adaptive gardening practices to improve productivity and adapt to the negative effects of climate change.

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DCA is adapting to, and mitigating climate change through a people centred approach. 

DanChurchAid Zimbabwe

The Issue

En landmand peger ud på marken i Matobo distriktet, Zimbabwe
A lead farmer showing land prepared at a homestead in Mbuso village, Matobo district, Zimbabwe.

The Matabeleland region has insufficient rainfall patterns, drought, and limited access to resources and markets. Farmers are limited by inadequate water supply in the production of nutritional foods to meet basic dietary requirements, especially women, who carry the burden of care to ensure children are healthy and receiving proper nutrition.

Linda Ncube (58) with her grand daughter and fellow farmer Otavia Ndlovu at Tshongokwe irrigation scheme in Lupane, Zimbabwe. Water is a critical resource. The local dam provides water for the community, the irrigation scheme and livestock.

The Project

DanChurchAid Zimbabwe with the support of Danish private donors, has been supporting eight village gardens in Matabeleland North and South. Drilling six solarized boreholes and facilitating knowledge transfer on adaptive gardening practices. The gardens seek to improve productivity, profitability, and help farmers adapt to the negative effects of climate change. Business training has bolstered incomes and access of new markets, improving livelihoods.  

Biskop Moyo, tilkobler en vandslage i landsbyen Malindi, Zimbabwe.
Bishop Moyo connecting a hosepipe at Midlo irrigation scheme in Malindi village, Matobo district, Zimbabwe. Moyo has managed to support his grandchildren with proceeds earned from the scheme.

The Change

DCA reached 90 Farmers within the first year, of which more than half were women. Farmers were trained in crop husbandry, solar pump operation, crop variety, pests, disease control, conflict resolution, and COVID-19 prevention and care. The training enabled farmers to maximize production from their gardens, adopt new varieties of drought resistant and high value crops

The Results

Household income increased from USD$30 to $150 where 455 individuals benefited from the project from 2020-2022.

Our Work

Build Resilient Communities 

Goal: Ensure individuals and communities adapt to climate change and enjoy resilient livelihoods, are included in green, sustainable food and market systems, benefit from policies in favour of climate justice and environmental protection. 

Trends: The climate, environment, and biodiversity crises are exacerbating fragility and risk triggering large-scale displacement and migration. At the same time, food insecurity is one of the biggest challenges. Solutions are needed to secure available, accessible, adequate, and quality food for a growing population without negatively impacting the climate, environment, and human rights. 

About the project

Period: 2020-2022

Budget: DKK 1,200,000 over three years

Donors: Danish Private donors

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