Siliziwe Zhou is a progressive woman and farmer of 58, living with her family in Muswazi village in Binga District.
She stays with her husband and their three youngest children, having already sent off her five oldest children, which have since married.
Diversifying crops and sources of income
Advised by DanChurchAid and Christian Care, who implement the BESTSELLER FOUNDATION funded Agricultural Value Chain project, Siliziwe has taken on a diverse pool of crops to minimise the impact of potential harvest failures of either of the crops.
Improved food security
To strengthen her food security, she now grows a combination of maize, cotton, groundnuts, pearl millet and red sorghum, of which cotton is the more profitable, but also more vulnerable crop.
To add value to their crops and secure a higher price, Siliziwe and her family make sure to prepare and process all their crops fully before they sell them