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Sustainable and Affordable Food Systems in Drought Prone Areas

To eradicate hunger, malnutrition and life style diseases in Sub Saharan Africa

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Shumbakadzi Investments Pvt Ltd

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

Website of Legally Registered Entity

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

  • Just beginning now

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


Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


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

Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

This place is important to me because this is the part of the country where the least rainfall occurs and where there has not much in terms of infrastructural development. Being in its vicinity, I have seen for myself how people have come to rely on food imports from neighboring countries due to lack of proper farming activities. 

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.

Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South are areas that are characterised by low rainfall patterns and traditionally they are more biased towards livestock rearing as opposed to farming. The little effort that is made to grow maize which is the local staple food area usually futile as not much rain is usually received. Because of their proximity to borders with countries such as Botswana, Zambia and South Africa, most of the people turn to importing food from these countries using hard earned foreign currency. Millet is a grain which though is part of the food chain, it is not widely grown and consumed. Therefore it is imperative that people are taught that millets are the grains of tomorrow as they grow under extreme weather conditions and also provide a cheaper food source. 

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Currently the most pressing challenge is getting people to change their mindsets on the use of millet as a staple meal as it has mostly been used to make beer or for livestock feeding. 

In 2025, there is a possibility of worsening weather patterns which will result in the failure to receive minimum rainfall which might also end up affecting millet production. 

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

As an organisation it will be best to create awareness on the nutritional benefits that can be derived from consuming millets and millet based products to the general populace in order to create more awareness on the importance of growing Millets and shifting from the traditional food sources. 

To avoid worsening climate change, we will encourage activities such as tree planting 5 look these areas so that environmental dégradation is reduced. Since most of these trees are being used as fuel for cooking and heating, we will encourage the communities to use millet stalks to create charcoal briquettes to use as an alternative. 

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.

Communities that have previously been affected by conditions such as hunger, malnutrition and stunted growth should now be able to find healthier sources of nutrition grown in their own areas. Money that has previously been used to import foodstuffs can now be used for infrastructural development. Communities can also benefit from increased employment opportunities that will arise during production of value addition products from millet. We also expect them to gain income from selling excess millet to other areas of need. 

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

In 2025 the communities in the two areas of interest should have seen the positive impact that comes from growing Millets and consuming them and we expect to see everyone from babies to the elderly experiencing good health while at the same having learnt to appreciate how climate change has affected them and how they can play a part in ensuring future food security in their communities by making responsible decisions regarding their farming activities and the environment. Poverty being one of the reasons that have affected economic growth in these areas, it is our belief that sustainable farming methods will see in increase in output from the land and thus creating a platform for several community development efforts which will bring in additional income thus creating industries and employment. 

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

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Photo of Blessing Shumbakadzi

Hello Trupti Jain. Thank you for your comment. I have gone through your water harvesting solution and really feel that this could really help the women in my target area. We face serious floods followed by severe droughts and this has greatly reduced output from small holder farmers. I am interested to know how we can work together on this project

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