Can the Pfumvudza conservation agriculture programme deliver food security in Zimbabwe?

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It looks like it’s going to be a good harvest this year in Zimbabwe. Early crop assessments suggest that there will be a bumper crop of maize, perhaps the highest since the early 1980s at 2.8 million tonnes, planted across 1.9 million hectares. The season saw heavy rains throughout the country. As a result there is much optimistic talk of national food security for the first time since 2016. This would be exceptionally good news, especially given the dire situation in the wider economy and the challenges of importing food during the pandemic.

Some are claiming that this success is because of the promotion of a high profile conservation agriculture technique (now branded Pfumbvudza/Intwasa in Shona and Ndebele), involving the digging of pits as small planting basins to concentrate water and nutrients. There has been a major push by the state, with high-level political backing. The national drive…

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28th March Sunday Healing Session

The Patron of Ur Hekau 'great of magic', is Auset, She is the embodiment of healing
“She of the beams of Gold, the golden one. The Queen of Earth, the mightiest of the mighty. Sovereign of the South and the North: chieftainess of the two Lands. Lady of the deepest Earth, blazing flame.” – Litany of the Neter Auset