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Zimbabwe - Africa

Francisca


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Fransisca is an active member of the Ward Farmers Association and has gone around organizing Field Days to demonstrate that indeed sorghum can be a viable response to climate change. She is now preaching the gospel of growing sorghum to ensure household food security.

Her motto in her local Ndebele language now is “Lima amabele unqobe indlala” loosely translated to “grow sorghum and overcome hunger”.

A bustling sorghum crop has thrown Fransisca Ncube (62 years) a lifeline in the wake of a poor agricultural season in Lupane.  She received the sorghum seed under the project funded by BESTSELLER FOUNDATION and is very grateful because the sorghum crop did well despite adverse weather conditions.

Fransisca received 2 kgs of red sorghum and 2.5 kgs of Marcia (white sorghum) to ensure food and income security for communal smallholder farmers. Fransisca planted 0.4 hectares for each of the two varieties. She was assisted by her grandchildren and her husband to plant the fields. She is expecting to harvest 0.5 tonnes for each variety. She intends to sell the red sorghum whereas the white sorghum will be for consumption at home.

According to Francisca, the sorghum has thrown her a life line as her maize crop was a total failure. She is grateful for the  sorghum seed provided by BESTSELLER FOUNDATION's partners. Even with poor rains, the sorghum thrived. 

Furthermore she noted that while her neighbours had abandoned their fields altogether due to the poor crop situation, she goes to her fields everyday just to enjoy her sorghum crop.


 

 I am so much in love with my crop. Not even a day passes by with me going to my fields just to see my flourishing sorghum crop 

Fransisca says the sorghum crop will go a long way in enhancing her household food security and has vowed to continue planting sorghum and has become a model farmer for sorghum in her village and the ward.

She is now heavily involved in promoting the growing of small grains as an alternative to the traditional maize crop in the face of unrelenting climate change. Her field is now being used as a demonstration plot for sorghum.

Fransisca is an active member of the Ward Farmers Association and has gone around organizing Field Days to demonstrate that indeed sorghum can be a viable response to climate change. She is now preaching the gospel of growing sorghum to ensure household food security.

Her motto in her local Ndebele language now is “Lima amabele unqobe indlala” loosely translated to “grow sorghum and overcome hunger”.

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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