Catching raindrops in Zambezi
Cooking up rainfed meals in Zambezi
In 2050, for the first time in Africa, agricultural investments have taken a turn for the better. Funders continue to actively choose where they want to invest, building on the lessons learned from the hotspots that were supported by the project. The impact is visible on the ground. People are still doing what they have always done. But the difference now is that the traditional practices are relevant to today’s people. Agriculture is no longer viewed as back-breaking. It has become the first choice for young people, and not something they pick up when everything else fails.
TIARA has worked with farmer focused NGOs to build on their existing efforts. It has worked with companies to align business with rainfed agriculture. For example, seeds sold in markets are suitable for planting even during dry periods. Successful practices are recorded and systematically documented. Farmers generate a surplus of staple food for sale on local markets and for export.
The region of Zambezi has come so far that its countries host an annual fair in rotation, to celebrate advances in rainfed agriculture. The fairs see a range of food stalls, start-ups looking for investments in the latest technology, private sector inviting farmer groups to their stalls for tie-ups, workshops on techniques of mulching, bunding or techniques that keeps rainwater in the soil. There are also interactive booths on how to receive credits for allocation of land, and the Zambezi Water Prize for young innovators. During the fair, a favourite among people is the possibility to try out different ‘rainfed meals’ cooked at live counters at farms.
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