The viability market gardening as a livelihood strategy: The Case of Domboshava (Goromonzi District)
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Market gardening has an important role in agricultural and economic development of Zimbabwe. Vegetable gardening has the potential to improve the standards of living of people. This study seeks to assess the viability of market gardening in Domboshava Ward 4 as a livelihood strategy. The main of the study assess the contribution of gardening to support household requirements. Assessments of the nature of the gardens and the challenges being faced by gardeners in Domboshava (Goromonzi District) were reviewed to establish the viability of gardening in achieving food security and income. The research utilized both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in which questionnaires, key informants interviews and observations were the main data collection methods. Thirty gardeners were randomly selected in carrying out the research. Research results indicated that market gardening provided income food security and created employment for the respondents. However, market gardening is facing challenges such as lack of inputs, water shortages, poor markets and high transport costs. These challenges make market gardening less viable and respondents noted that they embark on other off-garden livelihood strategies for survival. This study recommends that the government and AGRITEX officers to assist the gardeners to secure markets, extension services and drill more boreholes to complement their sources. Greater market access will improve their profitability and reduce wastage because their produce is perishable.
- Department of Geography