By Tsitsi Matumba
Women in Mazvihwa were recently trained on climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies at Gwemvurachena, Ward 14 Centre. The initiative was jointly implemented by the Hands of hope Trust and The Women can do it organization.
Speaking during the event Hands of Hope Trust Officer Millicent Nhutsve said rural women bear the most brunt of climate change hence the need for training.
“Our research shows that Women are the majority rural farmers constituting more than 70% and consequently they bear the major burden of climate change effects. It is important that women embrace programs like Pfumvudza and small grain farming especially here in very dry areas,” said Nhutsve.
Meanwhile, a member of Mazvihwa Land Reform and Development chairperson Emmanuel Moyo stated that after finalising papers and engagements with Runde Rural District Lands Officer, Mazvihwa Women’s Forum was allocated 2 hectares of land.
“I’m excited to announce that you have been allocated 2 hectares of land by the Rural District Council. It’s strictly for Women’s community resilience projects. I therefore encourage you to work closely with Agritex Officers, Hands of Hope and Women can do it in deciding the kind of crops to grow as well as the kind of income generating projects to do on your plot,” he said.
One of the Agritex Officers present, Lackson Dube was impressed by the initiative and pledged support and commitment.
“Please do not hesitate seeking my assistance anytime. I’m impressed by this development, we need to collectively sit down, assess the soils and also the market,” said Moyo.
Women can do it Officer Josephine Chiname said there is need for women to come up with a constitution and formulate a committee that will help in the smooth running of their projects.
“We now need to be organized as Women, sit down and draft a constitution that will binds everyone. Also elect a committee that will periodically meet discussing progress at the plot. Also we hope to quickly source funds for solar powered boreholes, tanks and drip kits. Irrigation in arid areas like Mazvihwa, is the way to go,” she said.
More than 80% of Mazvihwa farmers are Women. They rely on rain-fed agriculture which climate change has rendered non- viable. According to the World Bank majority of women farmers and family care givers suffer the most consequences of climate induced hunger and drought.
This called for the need to train rural women in order to self-sustain, while being innovative and resilient in the face of ravaging Climate change effects.