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An evidence ecosystem for regenerative agriculture

Communities participating in evidence creation and implementation for advancing regenerative agriculture for food security and nutrition

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Masimba Muziringa

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small NGO (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Mechanisation, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and International Trade, Ministry of Health and Child Care, The Meteorological services department, University of Zimbabwe, Research Council of Zimbabwe, Africa Centre for Evidence, Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy-Network, Zimbabwe Farmers Union, Commercial Farmers Union.

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 3-10 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Harare

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Zimbabwe

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Harare, 960km²

What country is your selected Place located in?

Zimbabwe

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.

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.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

1400000

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?

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

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Photo of Rethabile Konopo
Team

Hi, An evidence ecosystem for regenerative agriculture welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!

What would life in [your city] look like in 2050?
We've built a very comprehensive Food Vision Prize Toolkit with a lot of information, activities, and guidelines. The Toolkit will help you refine your vision and make it systemic, human-centered and well informed for the future.
Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit: http://bit.ly/2X4ZxQk

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Photo of Mohammed Hassan (PhD)
Team

Hello Masimba Muziringa,

What a fascinating idea you have in the title: "An evidence ecosystem for regenerative agriculture"... Certainly as you stated in your address to the challenge section: "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"

However, it is suggested by the administrators of the Food System Prize 2050, that in order not to be generic the area to be covered by the idea should be less than 100,000 km²... I can see your SELECTED PLACE; Zimbabwe, covers an area of 390,757 km², far above the suggested area. I suggest if you can change the selected area to be Harare, which is less than 100,000 km², I believe.
Wishing you all the best

Regards,
Mohammed Hassan

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Team

Well noted, thank you.

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Team

Thank you... You are welcome