Florence Mutukaveyo (1966) is married and has 1 son and 3 daughters. I am happy to be part of the Farmer Field Schools, because it teaches me about the effects of climate change. I learn which seed varieties are most productive and drought-tolerant. My biggest dream for the future is more rain in Zimbabwe. At the moment only a quarter of the members of my community can survive from the yearly harvest.’ At the start of a Farmer Field School season, Florence and her co-participants discuss which traits they find important in the crops they grow. ‘I prefer crop varieties that grow fast and can be harvested soon.’

As climate change takes hold in Zimbabwe, with small-scale farmers struggling to maintain their yields in
the face of longer and more severe dry spells, many are buying commercial seeds which require large
amounts of fertilizer and must be purchased anew each year. SD=HS partners Community Technology
Development Trust (CTDT) and Oxfam Novib advocate an opposite approach: making it easier for
farmers to share seeds and knowledge with each other, to benefit from their collective experience on
which crop varieties are most drought-tolerant.

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