An investigation into the contribution of small grains in addressing food security. A Case of Ward 10 and 11, Rushinga District
Tsiko, Zindzi Whitney.
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The research investigated the contribution of small grain in addressing food security, focusing on wards 10 and 11 in Rushinga District. Climate change induced -erratic weather patterns, have threatened food security in Zimbabwe. Such weather patterns are making maize crop production unsustainable, as a result the growing of small grain crops such as sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet are gaining momentum in Zimbabwe’s food system. These small grain crops are drought tolerant in nature and have the potential to thrive in Rushinga. The study reviewed relevant literature on the contribution of small grains. The study used questionnaires, key informants interviews and observation for triangulation and validity of findings. The study identified the factors influencing small grain production and the challenges being faced by small holder farmers in small grain production to enhance food security. The research findings proved that small grains are effective in ensuring food security. The research recommended that government draft comprehensive policies which promote the growing and marketing of small grains. The study also recommends that government should invest on research to improve small grain seed varieties and adoptation which will improve yields
- Department of Geography