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Women harvest

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, August 29, 2014

DESPITE living in an area prone to flooding, a small community in Ba is not letting the forces of nature stop them from cultivating the land.

The Talaiya Multiracial Women's Group has been cultivating one acre vegetable farm in Talaiya settlement through the enhancing livelihood recovery program.

Supported by the UN Development Program in collaboration with the Ministry of Primary Industries and the Ministry of Finance and Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics, the program helps communities to sustain livelihoods and build resilience in case of natural disasters by engaging in farming ventures and increasing food security.

With the adoption of the program earlier this year, the Talaiya Multiracial Women's Group will soon harvest tomatoes from the farm.

"The tomatoes will be ready for harvest very soon and we will need to pick and sell them every day so not to waste them," said group member Fainum Nisha.

"I never imagined that we could do more than the backyard farming we used to do because our land is prone to flooding.

"We have small cash in hand every day from our farm.

"It has enabled some of our women to take the bus to the hospital and receive regular check-ups."

Agriculture senior officer Viliame Mainawalala said preparation was vital.

"One of the key measures to increasing resilience is to diversify the crops you plant," he said.

"Prepare rather than respond."








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