Dubbed the world’s most famous flower show since 1912, the Chelsea Flower Show is an annual event held in Chelsea, London showcasing all things flowers, landscape gardening, and horticulture. This year’s edition which ran from the 21st to the 25th of May is particularly special for Zimbabweans because the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) and our very own Clarah Zinyama and Sinikiwe Makove showcased their garden at the show with climate-smart crops including biofortified beans and maize.
Their garden titled ‘Giving girls in Africa space to grow’ offered a refreshing take on climate resilient agriculture and won a Gold medal in the ‘Space to Grow’ segment. The featured crops were specially bred for their higher nutritional content, and are also resilient to drought and pests which is crucial, at a time when rising temperatures and erratic weather patterns pose a major global challenge, exacerbating current risks to food and nutrition security.
Their garden was inspired by Beauty Gombana from Mutare, Zimbabwe, a CAMFED alumna and agricultural entrepreneur who uses some of the latest science and technologies in climate-smart crops to build resilience to climate challenges. She has been deploying climate-smart technologies, including a solar-powered water pump, supporting her local community with produce and training, and is on track to fulfilling the ambitious five-year business plan she developed at an agricultural college in the eastern border city.
As climate extremes worsen, it is the world’s poorest countries and communities, who are most susceptible to adverse impact, with under-nutrition and consequent stunting among children. Even though Africa is estimated to produce 2-3 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions compared to 80 percent by the most industrial G20 countries–it is the region that pays the highest price.
UK DFID Secretary Rory Stewart said he was proud to work with CAMFED to train female entrepreneurs in sustainable farming methods.
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