Post Cyclone Idai: Farming practices for resilience to withstand extreme weather events

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Ranked as one of the worst tropical storms to hit Africa, Cyclone Idai made landfall in central Mozambique on 15 March, before moving on to Malawi and Zimbabwe. The district of Chimanimani in Zimbabwe was one of the worst-hit areas.

On a recent trip to Zimbabwe, ACB spoke to representatives of three organisations that work with farmers in this region – Julius Piti Participatory of Organic Research Extension and Training (PORET), Roselene Mukonoweshure of Towards Sustainable Use of Resources Organisation (TSURO Trust) and Patience Sithole Chikukwa of Ecological Land Use Community Trust (CELUCT) – about the impact of the cyclone and what can be done for farmers to be more resilient in the future.

Soon after the cyclone hit, ACB Board Chair John Wilson travelled as far as he could into Chimanimani, where he saw the devastation first hand. He also visited farms that were not severely impacted by the cyclone because of the agroecological systems in place. Please click here for his reflections