A non-governmental organization, Danchurchaid (DCA) in collaboration with the World Food Program and Agritex, is set to train Epworth and Harare South urban farmers on the hydroponics farming system as part of efforts to build resilience among vulnerable communities.
In an interview on the sidelines of the training of trainer program in Harare on Friday, DCA resilience field officer, Mr. Victor Buwu, said they were introducing hydroponics to people in urban areas to boost food and nutrition security.
The 2021 ZimVac reports state that 2,4 million urban dwellers were food insecure," he said. "The WFP used to target people in rural areas for food distribution, but now that they have realized that there is also a huge challenge urban areas.
"So, by bringing in the hydroponics system, they are trying to help alleviate the food insecurity challenge. WFP used to have cash transfers to empower people, but now are introducing this technology so people can be food secure and at the same time earn an income." Mr. Buwu said this new system of farming will help urban dwellers absorb shock such as loss of employment.
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