Communities participating in evidence creation and implementation for advancing regenerative agriculture for food security and nutrition
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
I was born and raised Zimbabwe. Growing up, my family relayed on subsistence farming and surplus accrued was sold for my study fees. Zimbabwe has fertile lands and a conducive climate for farming. The country is divided into natural farming regions 1 - 5, classified basing on rains accumulated annually. Livestock production is rampant in the arid areas whilst fruit and vegetable production is common in the wet areas. This vision seeks to create an ecosystem for evidence generation and implementation for the unique requirements of each region and respective stakeholders.
Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.
An evidence ecosystem improves conventional farming practices of farmers
The majority of Zimbabweans have been involved on farming as the main economic activity since independence from the British in 1980. Agriculture is the main stay of the economy and agricultural activities provide employment and income for 60-70 percent of the population, supplies 60 percent of the raw materials required by the industrial sector and contributes 40 percent of total export earnings. Agriculture contributes approximately 17 percent to Zimbabwe's GDP. Zimbabwe recently concluded land resettlement exercise in which land ownership as a means of production was availed to Zimbabweans. The country is now seeking to improve production and capacity of the farmers to produce.
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
Climate change, food insecurity, inadequate nutrition, Rural urban migration, Unhealthy food in urban areas at the expense of indigenous delicacy, Deforestation, Industrial revolution has lead to more consumers than producers, The developing country fails to keep abreast with the dynamic escalation of technology.
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
Inculcate a practice of collective generation, access and use of agricultural evidence. An evidence ecosystem will harness locally available and context relevant knowledge and review best practices in agriculture and share the using both conventional and modern means to support production, policy and practice.
High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.
Bio dynamic farming, Shifting grazing land, Aqua culture, Domestic gardens in urban areas, Citizens have an ecological concise, Planting trees, Use of technology in farming.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
An evidence based ecosystem sharing best practices in agriculture
The regenerative agriculture ecosystem vision will leverage on Zimbabwe's abundant rich soils, favourable climatic conditions for cost effective and sustainable agricultural production that meet the dietary and nutritional requirements of Zimbabweans. The vision will seek to adopt appropriate technologies for agricultural mechanisation and modernisation as well as reliable weather forecast. The vision will seek to stimulate the demand for evidence to support smart agricultural policy and practice