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Zimbabwe - Africa

Siliziwe Zhou

Siliziwe Zhou is a progressive woman and farmer of 58, living with her family in Muswazi village in Binga 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

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

 Our main challenges is the weather, the hard labour involved in farming and the challenge of selling the crops at a favourable time. 

Inspired by the Agri Value Chain project, she is now experimenting with red sorghum - a solid and drought resistant crop, which she sells once harvested through a contract farming agreement with the Ingwebu Breweries – a local brewery which produces traditional beer. Even though the contract agreement is renegotiated every year, Siliziwe has decided to continue farming the red sorghum, as it is secure source of income.

Inspired by the Agri Value Chain project she is now experimenting with red sorghum - a solid and drought resistant crop, which she sells once harvested through a contract farming agreement with the Ingwebu Breweries – a local brewery that produces traditional beer. Even though the contract agreement is renegotiated every year Siliziwe has decided to continue growing the red sorghum as it is a stable source of income.

 We are dependent on the buyers coming here, because we are far from the bigger markets where we could otherwise sell in larger quantities. 

Dependent on buyers
Due to lack of storage facilities, she and other farmers in the area are often forced to sell their crops immediately after harvest and accept any sale opportunity that arise  since the entire market is flooded with those crops at that time.  

Erecting warehouses
BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s  project partners are therefore looking into the possibility of establishing a warehouse together with the village committee.

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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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