Building Resilience through Climate Smart Grain Varieties
Climate change has changed conventional seed breeding and our companies in Zimbabwe are at the forefront of climate-smart seed breeding to enable farmers to sustain their productivity levels under the difficult farming conditions before them.
Hezekiah Village is a rural village located in Nembudziya Constituency, WARD 13 of Gokwe North District in the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe. More than 70% of the farmers are women (as in most parts of rural Zimbabwe).
Faced with various challenges emanating from climate change, it was unanimously agreed to house the AGRI-CLIMATE TRUST’S OneAcre climate smart seed variety trials project, which organisation would spearhead the transformation of the village to fight climate change through the adoption of appropriately bred crop varieties, challenge the norm of exposing men more than women to agriculture research and development, as well as to change the social perception that undermines the role of women in climate adaptation and food and nutrition security.
2016-2017 Agriculture Season Partners:
CIMMYT, SEEDCO, PANNAR, SIRDC, TOCEK INVESTMENTS (ZADZAMATURA-DEKALB).
2017-2018 Agriculture Season Partners:
CIMMYT, SEEDCO, AGRISEEDS, CHAMPION SEEDS, TOCEK INVESTMENTS (ZADZAMATURA-DEKALB), MUKUSHI SEEDS, ZIMBABWE SUPER SEEDS, CROP BREEDING INSTITUTE (DR&SS).
Our Demonstration Farmers:
2016-2017 Season demonstration farmers: 25 women from Hezekiah Village
2017-2018 Season demonstration farmers: 30 women from Hezekiah Village and surrounding villages, 25 AGRITEX masterfarmers from WARD 13 and 10 smallscale commercial farmers from Copper Queen
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Hezekiah Village has been designated as a learning hub for Climate Smart Agriculture by the Government of The Republic of Zimbabwe.
a. Contract Farming
b. On-farm Research
c. Product/service trialing
d. Farmer and extension training