Pachipamwe Murimi partners, backyard, small plot to medium scale farmers to address food security, economic imbalances (livelihood Situation) and unemployment in Africa.
Answering the BIG questions
We give tailored advice and technical support that speaks to your needs.
2.Who we work with?
Agroprenuers ranging from backyard to small/ medium scale plots and farms to maximize or optimize any available land of any size.
Local and international markets.
Situation and Problem Analysis
Climate Change and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
The impact of climate change is a stark reality that is adversely impacting on agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa where the majority of farmers still rely solely on rainfall as the only source of water for farming. This is subsequently cascades to an ever impending threat to the food security and livelihoods of millions of people in Africa, particularly, the low income households. According to the 2017 United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Report, 224 million people in sub-Saharan Africa suffered from undernourishment (i.e. starvation and hunger) in 2014-16. This is further compounded by the challenges inherent of over-population and conflicts. Most noteworthy is the observation that the adverse impacts of climate change were identified as key major factors driving food insecurity effecting a surge in hunger in Southern Africa.Zimbabwe’s population growth and shift in culture has seen unprecedented levels of rural to urban migration, largely influenced by job seeking behaviours effecting a higher demand in land for real estate development. Alternatively the demand for land has also been exacerbated by the spike in mining activities being experienced around the country. These factors have ultimately resulted in ever diminishing arable land left for farming. Significantly adverse in their singular capacity, these factors take on a whole new increased threat when climate change is factored in more so at the expense of farming land.
There thus exists an essential need for mitigatory solutions and the institution of sustainable farming methods such as greenhouse farming, intensified and smart open land systems as a facet in addressing food insecurity. These aid in reducing among many, the adverse effects of migrations as people are equipped with the capacity to partake in farming activities within their locales that can earn them additional income and simultaneously boost agricultural production. These solutions and technologies capacitate farmers to sustainably make us of agricultural inputs and enjoy high yields on any size of land. Netherlands has made great strides becoming one of the leading exporters of potatoes and onions and the second largest exporter of vegetables in terms of value due to its adoption of greenhouse technology (National Geographic, 2017).
Africa cannot afford to be left behind in this era of technological advancement in agriculture. Undoubtedly, the methods and products we propose are a viable way of dealing with the problems of food security and improving peoples’ livelihoods in Zimbabwe and beyond. The methods are also a powerful tool that can be used to attract the many unemployed youth into agriculture, thereby enabling them to contribute their quota to the country and indeed the continent’s socioeconomic development. This technology will no doubt help in sustainably addressing the challenges of food insecurity, not only in Zimbabwe or Southern Africa Region, but Africa as whole and in its own respect contribute towards the reduction of poverty.
Employment and Economic Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa
In Africa, the Sub-Saharan Region still has one of the most conducive climates in the world with an excess of 290 days of sunlight which is a very conducive environment for natural or self-controlled greenhouse technology, which is more cost effective compared to the automated solution. Zimbabwe enjoys this tremendous advantage with a 60% youth population and a 90% unemployment rate as of December 2017 according to ZimStats with 63% of the population surviving below the Total Consumption Poverty Line (TCPL). The economy is presently not creating enough formal employment opportunities for the general population to be able to sustain themselves. The most affected are the youth, who face insurmountable barriers in accessing and pursuing employment, entrepreneurship and economic ventures. Chief among the barriers are the high entry qualifications to formal TVET institutions, as well as costly fees that are beyond the reach of many young Zimbabweans. Furthermore, TVET courses are generally a minimum of three years on a full-time basis which is invariably too long for a young person without a regular income and often has dependents. The Zimbabwe 2011 Labour Force and Child Labour Survey found that Zimbabwe’s 57 public TVET providers are accessed by only 0.5 per cent of the 15-24 age group.
Statistics also show that Zimbabwe spends an average of US$5.2 Billion on imports against US$2.8 Billion exports (WITS World Bank 2016). This statistics shows how Zimbabwe, a country that used to be the SADC bread basket, has grown to become a consumer economy. Green House farming, intensified and smart open land systems technologies will not only directly create additional revenue streams for all strata’s of society that are producing, they will also indirectly create employment through the intrinsic value chain inherent of the greenhouse production process. The more the technology enhances on production, the more the demand rises on markets locally and internationally.