KZN women farmers find ways to overcome poverty and climate change

KZN women farmers find ways to overcome poverty and climate change

- Women in KZN's uMgungundlovu District Municipality previously struggled with farming

- A new project by SANBI and University of KwaZulu-Natal helped them

- They are now overcoming poverty and uplifting their families

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Women farmers in KwaZulu-Natal's uMgungundlovu District Municipality are overcoming poverty thanks to a new project by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

Previously, the farmers struggled to grow their crops due to the effects of climate change such as drought and heavy rains, Briefly.co.za learned.

As vukuzenzele.co.za reports, SANBI and the University of KwaZulu-Natal stepped in with the R102m uMgeni Resilience Project.

KZN women farmers have benefitted from the R102m uMgeni Resilience Project. Source: vukuzenzele.co.za

KZN women farmers have benefitted from the R102m uMgeni Resilience Project. Source: vukuzenzele.co.za

The project's aim is to help communities adapt to the effects of climate change. As a result, women now grow climate resilient crops.

They also use organic fertilisers as well as new ploughing methods. One of the farmers, Matu Gwala, said she now makes a profit from her farm produce:

I managed to buy furniture for my house and invested some of the money for my children’s school fees.

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Winnet Dhladhla also lauded the project, saying she's now able to support her family and make some savings.

SANBI’s strategic grants manager, Michael Jennings, said women in the area are encouraged to form agricultural co-operatives.

These would help to disseminate new farming knowledge and practices, he explained. The project has also improved community infrastructure to further support farming.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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