Email : info@fambidzanai.org.zw
Phone: +263 242 291503
THE PROGRAMMES DEPARTMENT

About Programmes Department
The programmes department initiates and executes development projects and programmes in the organisation. The department races towards the attainment of food and nutrition security in Zimbabwe, through the enhancement of sustainable agricultural activity (Permaculture).

In collaboration with other partners, the department is wrestling to cover the food insecurity gap in Zimbabwe, by imparting relevant knowledge and skills on sustainable agriculture technologies, gradually addressing to various issues that upset proper crop and livestock production in a holistic approach that observes environmental laws and principles, as well as tightly gripping to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.?

The department also promotes livelihood and enterprise development to affected communities (either by climate related calamities, or any natural disasters). Through various community development interventions, the department seeks to augment per individual income generation capacity to the affected communities.


Climate Change, Mitigation and Adaptation
The promotion and adoption of approaches that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change threats; by way of improving the carbon sink uptake capacity, considering both adaptation? and mitigation initiatives; while working to sustainably increase food production in the face of the incessantly changing climate. The strategies focus on empowering communities to withstand the harsh shocks of climate change while promoting more resilient ecosystems.

Organic Agriculture
Providing facilities that integrate the topical concerns relating to clean food, minimum external and chemical inputs of chemical fertilisers, agro-chemicals, and associated products and by-products of production systems and eliminated associated health risks to both the producers and the consumers; with the environment being sustained as well along the way.

Conservation farming
Conservation farming (CF), is a sustainable farming practice that is labour intensive but however proves its worth by remarkable yields. Unlike other conventional farming practices, CF enhances soil fertility and the soil’s capacity to retain water/moisture. A picture showing CF under practice.

Under conservation farming, small grain production is being promoted as a climate change adaptation strategy gunning to enhance food production especially in dry regions of Matebeleland South. The highest yield of maize recorded so far by some organic farmers in Mash-East is 8 tons per hectare; a far cry from the Zimbabwean 2012-13 average yield of 0.78 tons per hectare under conventional farming. This is because, a conserving farming approach enhances soil fertility and moisture retention.

Livelihoods and Enterprise Development
The core of our programming is based on diversification of livelihoods in various ways; among them, the development of enterprises and asset creation, thus, providing safety nets and building community resilience. The livelihood centered approach to our programming is premised upon the need to generate capacity and knowledge around dealing with stresses caused by climate change mainly. From the human rights based approach perspective to community development, FPC also stretches its arms towards humanitarian aid when there is need in respective project areas thus providing a holistic development framework.

Nutrition-Market Gardens
A number of at least 10 people living in the same area can form a nutrition garden group. The formed nutrition gardens thrive due to training and technical backstopping from the department personnel, and most importantly, collective actions. Apart from the income generation impact realised through selling produce, there is also dietary diversity since a variety of vegetables and herbs are grown locally.



Beekeeping
The combination of proper siting of apiaries, apiculture training and provision of material makes any willing beekeeper obtain income from honey sales. This is another cost-effective intervention which helps individuals cultivate from the environment without investing a lot of money. It also offers simple and feasible knowledge on bee-keeping, simple enough to be implemented at individual level.

Ready markets within and beyond our borders makes bee-keeping to emerge as a lucrative and environmentally friendly income generation activity. As an income generating activity, bee-keeping has seen some of the beekeepers in the area mentioned above bagging about $200. 00 or more, in bottled honey sales, excluding sales from other honey by products like candles, petroleum jelly, floor and shoe polish. ?



Goat Production

Goat production enhances a diversified food production and nutrition improvement system (meat and milk), provides sources of manure (goat dung) and income (goat sales).

A lucrative income generating component which is spread across all interventions by magnifying product value. Value addition also extends the shelf life of the produce. The main activities under this component are; processing, branding and packaging. The department’s main objective is to capacitate the beneficiaries with adequate knowledge and skills on adding value to products, leaving them in a position to sustain themselves independently, with the organisation only intervening in matters like company registration, certification and search for reliable markets.

Infrastructure for Community Development
Institutes the establishment of water sources and conservation works, sanitary facilities, processing and marketing centres for communities and individual households.

Seed and Food Security
The department in its application of Agroecology principles, fosters the attainment of food security from local levels, thus; addressing the food security pillars, which comprise, availability through sustainable production, food access through promotion and reliance on production and consumption of individually produced food, stability through diversification of income sources and livelihoods, and utilisation, through ensuring right based approach and access to basic human rights such as water and sanitation issues, and also capacity building on post-harvest management and value addition of farm produce.

 



       
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