“Even after easing the Covid-19 restrictions, production has been reduced. The poultry project we used to gain an income from is very difficult now, chickens are expensive and hard to get. This reduces our income and compromises our food consumption. My grandchildren depend on me and I am failing to meet their food needs. As I continue taking food from my granary without replacement, I am wondering what tomorrow will be with all these children” says Agnes Matarirano
Deepening plight of food scarcity
Zimbabwe is gripped by its worst hunger emergency and economic crisis in a decade. The World Food Programme predicts that the number of food-insecure Zimbabweans will reach an alarming 8.6 million by December 2020, which is 60% of the population. This is due to the combined effects of severe drought, economic recession, and the coronavirus pandemic. As a result of these effects, many families are suffering the ravages of acute hunger, and their plight will get worse before it gets better.
Effects of lockdown on food reserves
A nation-wide lockdown was enforced since the end of March as part of the preventative measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The lockdown period has been characterised by higher food consumption as people were confined to their homes. Food reserves were affected, as the planned period for the food to sustain the families was extended and the restrictions made it challenging to source more food. Consequently, the family’s number of meals per day had to be reduced from 3 to 2 as households adjusted to food challenges. This also brings a potential challenge for the next farming period 2020-2021. Households continue to consume food without the ability to replace what is consumed, which increases the level on uncertainty of where the next meal will come from.
The burden on women in communities
Afrikagruppernas partner, African Book Development Organisation (ABDO) focuses on community development through programs and activities which enable communities to mitigate the challenges faced. In partnership with women in a rural village, the Tashinga Women Action Centre (TWAC) was formed, to support women’s efforts to put food on the table. The women in Tashinga have very limited resources at their disposal to make ends meet. Without land, water and irrigation systems these women, with the support of ABDO set out to address their challenges with the authorities. Through these engagements TWAC has since been allocated land to farm produce to feed their families. The centre employs widows on a part-time basis to harvest crops in the garden to help them gain an income which assists their household. Through this initiative, more women have been able to provide food for their families. These women have now gained respect in both their homes and community.
“ABDO have trained me on saving money through the resource pool concept and was able to purchase small scale electric peanut butter making machine. I make 20 bottles of peanut a day which I sometimes exchange for maize, this has helped me feed my children and community”, says Florence Katebede
Support women in the TWAC to keep feeding their families
Through our partner ABDO; Agnes, Florence and other members of TWAC receive trainings and access to a financial resource pool which enables them to venture into various income generating projects. These ventures make it possible for the TWAC members to be able to feed their families.
“I now own land as TWAC member which I never dreamt of before. I have stopped depending on other people. My power is my strength and I really enjoy food with my family and even have income for other necessities”, says Concilia Chida
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