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Farmers who learn together, grow together

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Working Papers & Briefs
Focus Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses
University of Zimbabwe

Most households in the small-scale farming sector in Zimbabwe live in poverty due to declining crop yields caused by a number of constraints, especially soil fertility, weeds and pests. Seeking solutions to these problems, CPPfunded research, from 1996 to 2002, has developed appropriate crop establishment and weed management technologies which are now being promoted to farmers, through the private sector (for the provision of inputs), development agents and farmer groups and through farmer-led and managed trial and demonstration plots. This promotional approach is already increasing productivity and leading to increased income generation through improving farmers’ access to knowledge and inputs.