Emmanuel Hove Mhike
Muonde Trust a community based organization is empowering marginalized women in Mazvihwa through the facilitation of global online food security trainings, this publication can reveal.
Barely a month after installing WiFi at its Agro-ecology Centre in Mazvihwa, Muonde Trust is already launching life changing technology projects that inspire the community. The immediate beneficiaries are local women farmers who are working with the organization in various climate resilience projects like water harvesting, analogue forestry, money saving schemes and cooperative nutritious gardens.
Speaking with this publication Tadzei Mvute, a widow who has featured in various innovative farm and food Awards paid gratitude to Muonde for the sterling work.
“Covid 19 had destroyed all hope for Agritex workshops and trainings. We thank Muonde for this initiative that has opened my eyes to an exciting way of integrating crops and fruit trees. Analogue forestry is a game changer that is going to change our landscape and livelihoods for the better in the near future,” she said.
Kupfuma Ishungu Women group Chairperson, Loveness Mhandu is also one of the women undertaking the trainings at Muonde center. She expressed heartfelt gratitude to Muonde for exposing them to the new and exciting digital world.
“I can’t believe I’m the one involved in a unique initiative that has everyone from Africa represented. This is my first time being exposed to the internet. I used to think that at my age (45), it was impossible to grasp internet concepts but here I am leading my team in zoom chat room sessions. It’s just phenomenal,” said Mhandu.
Speaking in an interview with this reporter, Muonde Research Officer Daniel Ndlovu emphasized the need for enhancing access to knowledge and information at the margins, especially information that relates to Food security and Climate justice.
“It is important that organizations like ours establish institutions that keep track with global developmental changes because grassroots communities and marginalized groups feel the heat of global problems most,” said Ndhlovu.
Ndhlovu applauded global food security movements like Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) which are partnering with grassroots women representatives groups and organizations in rights awareness campaigns, food security and analogue forestry projects.
“These trainings we are currently facilitating are being organized and coordinated by GAGGA and they bring together marginalized women from every corner of Africa and beyond. This creates and maintain a healthy exchange of food security strategies across continents,” he said.
Muonde Trust is a community based organization whose major thrust is to foment locally driven creativity and development. The organization has implemented a number of community driven developmental projects at the margins, some of the projects include water harvesting, domestic architecture, women empowerment and digital documentation.