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#SeeGrowth: Growing new opportunities through female-led climate-smart businesses
Bright colours and bold leaves brought rural Zimbabwe to central London. Our partner communities, and the young women and girls we support, were the inspiration for a vibrant garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. “Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow” featured edible plants that provide a vital source of food and income in rural Zimbabwe.
We were thrilled to be at Chelsea in 2019 and grateful that this was enabled by a generous supporter and our garden designer Jilayne Rickards. Alongside this inspirational Garden, which brought together corporate and non-profit partners – plus a passionate community of horticulturists and philanthropists – we launched an ambitious campaign to grow 1,000 women-led agricultural businesses across Africa.
Young women leaders in our CAMA alumnae network joined us from Zimbabwe to share their horticultural expertise with visitors at Chelsea. Once supported through school by CAMFED, they now own flourishing agricultural businesses. They are using their knowledge of sustainable, climate-smart methods to ensure that their families and communities can thrive. At the same time, they are bringing new job opportunities and growth to disadvantaged rural areas.
Support female-led innovations for healthier, wealthier communities
Investing in female education improves productivity, reduces hunger, creates jobs and prosperity, and reduces population growth. Investing in the next generation of African female farmers is vital in the fight against climate change, increasing resilience against climate shocks, and producing healthier, wealthier communities.
CAMFED, through our extraordinary alumnae network (the largest of its kind in rural Africa), is working to enable women agricultural entrepreneurs to lift their communities out of poverty. We provide a combination of training and mentoring, along with access to high quality tools and materials, advice, and affordable technologies that support improved productivity and climate smart approaches.
For example, a young woman may gain practical support in getting her produce to market, and in reaching new markets. We can connect her with others to share supply and distribution costs. We can support her to diversify production, moving up the agricultural value chain for improved profitability. Through CAMFED, she can access everything from subsidised government training in aquaculture to information on market pricing and weather apps.
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We are absolutely thrilled that the CAMFED Garden ‘Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow’ received a Gold medal in the ‘Space to Grow’ category, alongside the prestigious People’s Choice Award at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Read more about our successes here.
Watch our highlights video from the CAMFED Garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
View a selection of photos from the CAMFED Garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Meet garden designer, Jilayne Rickards
Jilayne Rickards is an award-winning garden designer with nearly 20 years’ experience creating a versatile array of gardens. Her work has been featured in Homes & Gardens, Gardeners’ World Magazine, The Garden, The English Garden, The Sunday Times and The London Evening Standard.
In 2018, she travelled to Zimbabwe to seek inspiration about the edible plants and growing methods used by CAMFED alumnae like Beauty. To trace her journey creating the ‘Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow’ garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, read Jilayne’s regular blog posts.