Mennonite Central Committee Canada is supporting Kulima Mbobumi Training Center with a three-year agriculture and livelihood project in Binga district.
Consecutive years of drought have compounded poverty and hunger among a population that primarily relies on rain for farming livelihoods. Poor farming practices have led to the outbreak of pests, livestock disease, and decreased crop and food production.
A previous project worked to introduce and train farmers in conservation agriculture practices. Conservation agriculture aims to improve soil health, increasing crop production and building the resilience of the agriculture system.
This project will continue to build on these activities by training new farmers through farmer-field schools, building marketing skills, and introducing conservation agriculture mechanization using livestock and special tools.
Additionally, this project is working to improve livestock health by improving fodder production and training community members to be animal health workers. This project is working with 1,500 farmers benefiting 7,000 people. The budget is $191,000.