Those which can live with little water and under extremely unfriendly conditions. One example for such plants is Baobab. Baobab is native in Zimbabwe. The up to 15-meter-high tribe of the Baobab tree consists of spongy fibers, which store a lot of water and thus keep the tree alive also through longer dry seasons. This root system also contributes to its amazing drought resistance. The powder made from its fruits is considered to be particularly nutritious.
Hilfswerk International supports the Zimbabwean farmers in creating the infrastructure for the processing and marketing of Baobab and similar plants. We also help with the cultivation of dry food such as chili, sesame or Moringa. Local farmers are trained to help themselves, so that Baobab, Chili, Sesame and Moringa can be harvested and sold by the local population in the long term. In addition to income opportunities for families, this leads to food security and economic development for the entire region. We train thousands of farmers in sustainable agriculture and in various processing methods. In a next step, we ensure market access for these products and develop marketing strategies.
We contribute to long-term food security and provide farmers with income for a self-determined life without poverty. Through this project the income per household has increased from 30 to 150 US dollars per month within our group of beneficiaries. To a large extent this money is spent by the families for their children’s school fees.
Since November 2013, 6820 people have been trained in the cultivation, harvesting, drying and sale of indigenous plants. These trainings have the effect of avoiding, among other things, product contamination. 4030 people were taken under contract and they were able find employment through our private sector project, and 29 new products have so far been introduced to the market.