Empowering the small-scale farmer is essential in the fight against poverty and food shortages. Phundundu Development Trust works together with cooperatives of young farmers and women who own a piece of land but are unable to grow crops in a good way as an individual.
Food security is one of the biggest challenges that Zimbabwe is currently facing. This while the country was once known as the breadbasket of southern Africa. There is plenty of good agricultural lands. Phundundu Development Trust is committed to using as much of this land as possible in the most efficiently way.
Sustainable use of these rich grounds is essential. Together with crop and soil experts from the Netherlands, the best solutions are found that guarantee sustainable agriculture.
Innovation is very important in a country like this where old-fashioned, often very environmentally unfriendly methods are used. A good example of the use of innovative techniques is the Barsha pump. This fully hydropowered pump replaces the polluting diesel pump and also works cost saving.
Knowledge sharing in agriculture as well as business management, the small-scale farmer develops into a professional. An opportunity that they normally do not get again due to lack of resources to buy knowledge.
Phundundu Development Trust actively cooperates with the local community in the correct cultivation of crops. The foundation has permanent experts in the field to ensure good guidance. Step by step responsibility will increasingly be in the community hands until the moment that one is fully capable of using the land in a sustainable way.
Diversity in crops opens the doors to new markets and even the export market. In addition to the cultivation of maize and soya, needed for the local market, the soil offers a variety of options. Beans do very well, but also grains and nuts like pecan and macadamia.
Horticulture activities are very suitable for the dry period, if the irrigation facility is in order. Tomatoes, green beans, lettuce and cabbage varieties thrive very well in this area.
Fruit especially exotic fruit grows naturally here. Avocado, mango, banana, citrus, melon, pineapple and also the very rich berries such as groundberry and mullberry offer excellent opportunities to expand the sales market.