Climate-smart Agriculture Guides - Video Transcript

Women transforming agriculture in rural Zimbabwe

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Sabinah Hamunakwadi, CAMFED Association Leader and Agriculture Guide
[English translation of local language]
I started farming beans, potatoes, wheat, cucumbers and butternuts. I started farming in the year 2000 with the help of CAMFED. CAMFED took us as girls who did not have money for school fees and helped us to write our O Levels. What I learnt from climate-smart Agriculture is that even if I don’t have water, I can still do my farming using bottle irrigation or dig holes that preserve moisture.

I particularly learnt about the climate-smart technique of water harvesting and making records of what I farm. This is what I learnt which has helped me to take note of how much I have worked and to which level. I am happy that I managed to farm and build my own home and even installed tiles. I am able to live the urban life while I am in the rural areas. I am really happy that climate-smart and CAMFED helped us with this program to elevate us as women.

Munyaradzi Nyabasa, CAMFED Association Leader and Agriculture Guide
[English translation of local language]
With agriculture, I can see that my life has changed, because, since I started farming, I was using a small piece of land due to lack of resources, but now, through encouragement, we are farming well and even asking for help from other people. There are things like wheat, I don’t harvest by myself, and I ask other people to harvest for me. The weeding of maize and bean fields is done by the people who help me, I don’t do it all by myself. I am now able to earn as much as the people that are formally employed. The harvest is getting bigger. We used to only farm beans but now when we also farm maize, we have a good harvest with more grain, unlike what we used to have.

This is all thanks to the teachings about crop rotation. Other bugs and diseases die because of this method of crop rotation.

Ethel Chirodza, CAMFED Association Leader and Agriculture Guide
[English translation of local language]
After my training as an Agriculture Guide, I also trained some agripreneurs. Of these agripreneurs, two of them are really doing well, one is doing horticulture.

Modester Nhete, CAMFED Association Leader and Agriculture Guide
[English translation of local language]
Ethel from CAMFED taught me that when you are farming, you cover it with leaves in order to preserve the dampness which is climate-smart agriculture. I saw that this worked well on my small farm, so now I am farming a bigger portion. I also taught 5 farmers and two of them are really improving and the others are catching up as well. I think that this kind of modern farming is good because even when there is no rain water, mulching can help to get a good harvest.

Calista Katema, CAMFED Association Leader and Agriculture Guide
[English translation of local language]
I encourage young women to get into farming as it is them who mostly look after the family when their husbands are not available. So when their husbands are not around it can be difficult for them and their children, so they must be independent by getting into other business activities.

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