Farming for Biodiversity

Horticulture Research Institute, Box 810

Entry Overview

Zimbabwe like many southern African countries depends on rain fed agricultural systems that have been threatened by climate change. In a bid to promote biodiversity, nutrition and food security, the project is promoting the sustainable production of virus free sweet potato varieties. Twenty varieties of sweet potatoes have been maintained. Planting material have been made readily available to farmers through the decentralization of nurseries. The practice has seen minimum use of agrochemicals, promotion of crop rotations, increased organic matter and enhanced water holding capacity of the soils. Yield increase from about 5t/ha – 40t/ha has been recorded and cultivation of the crop in marginalized areas hence widely commercializing the crop. Information dissemination and awareness has been through production pamphlets, fact sheets, field days and farmer training.

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