The World Food Programme has warned that food security in Zimbabwe is at its lowest point for four years. A quarter of the rural population '2.2 million people' will need food assistance in 2014.

This makes projects such as SEED's Murehwa market gardening project all the more significant. Our Community Development Officer was recently so encouraged that he wrote, "I think this is going to be our most successful project in recent years and could make a huge difference in the community's lives almost instantly."

Group inspecting a field planted with peas

On 26th September the group is planning to host a "Garden Day" with their own contributions for the occasion. This will not simply be a local horticultural show, with judges and prizes for the best produce. The whole community will be invited, including the District Administrator and other community leaders, in order to show them what SEED is doing in the area. The aim is for others to learn from the group's experiences of working with SEED and to share best practice.

They also hope to give the farmers direct access to the markets by inviting different market representatives to meet with the farmers. Some of these vendors are so impressed with the quality of the produce that they have already promised to come and buy the goods from the source, rather than the growers having to arrange their own transport to take their produce to market.

Last year, some 1.4 million people in the country received food assistance. As necessary as such short-term provision may be, by equipping communities to meet their own needs, our hope is to help the country on its longer-term journey from dependency towards sustainable development and the eradication of poverty.

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