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Zimbabwe - Africa

Devison Thompson

Meet Devison – a succesfull vegetable farmer from the drought ridden Sobendle Ward in Lupane district.

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Agriculture & Food production
Project
Improving Agri Value Chains
Location
Zimbabwe Africa
Budget
DKK 4,101,400
Type
Grant
Partner
DanChurchAid
Period
Jul 2014 Ongoing

Meet Devison – a succesfull vegetable farmer from the drought ridden Sobendle Ward in Lupane district. He is one of many farmers benefiting from the agricultural advice, seeds and market expertise provided by BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s project partners DanChurchAid and Christian Care.

Devison shares his homestead with his wife, 18 heads of cattle, four donkeys and plenty of chickens. He and his wife own three hectares of dry farming land, where they grow maize - a stable crop for daily meals for the family. Any surplus is sold at the local market

Green veggies mean profit !
Assisted by agricultural advisors from BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s partners, Devison has set up an impressive vegetable garden, growing otherwise rare, vulnerable  - but potentially profitable green vegetables. His vegetable garden has access to the Thongogwe river, so by digging a small well, it provides the vegetable garden with plenty water.

To benefit from this unique opportunity, BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s partners provided him with special ’test’ seeds to motivate him to grow green vegetables that can be sold with good profit.

Unlike most other farmers in this very dry area, Devison is able to grow onion, rape, tomatoes, beetroot, cabbage, carrots and peppers and has even set up a small fruit orchard where he grows mangoes, lemons, bananas and guavas.

Barter trade
Since green vegetables go bad quickly - and to avoid them loosing value - Devison has resorted to ’barter trade’. He exchanges his fresh vegetables for other commodities like chickens, hay, stones and building materials. 

 I try to grow the vegetable in cycles, so that I always have vegetables growing in different stages. This way I can supply the villagers with fresh vegetables all year round 

Understanding the market
Devison is an ambitious farmer. He wants to spend his time on farming rather than selling vegetables one by one at the market. Instead Devison tries to sell the vegetables in bulk directly to the newly established market stalls.

If all goes well, he will install a solar driven pump that can spray the water from the river on to his fields. This will help boost the volume of his production so that he can sell his vegetable beyond the village.

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Zimbabwe - Africa

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers.

It borders South Africa to the south, Botswana to the west, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east.

There are roughly 14 million people in Zimbabwe and even if it's ethnically diverse and has 16 official languages, English, Shona and Ndebele are the most commonly used. 

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