Zimbabwe: Farming initiatives leading to wheat bumper harvest despite Ukraine war

By Farai Shawn Matiashe
Posted on Monday, 7 November 2022 10:06

Ever since Russian and Ukrainian production was blocked at ports, international markets are grappling with a 33% drop in wheat tonnages. ©Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government is projecting to harvest between 380,000 and 400,000 tonnes of wheat this year, which exceeds Zimbabwe’s annual needs. This bumper harvest is a result of a collective effort by farmers, financial institutions, the private sector, and the government, which has put forward policies and strategies to attain flour and wheat self-sufficiency during the Russia and Ukraine war.

Once the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe has been facing food shortages over the past decades, during which the Southern African nation has been heavily relying on imports from its neighbouring countries as well as Eastern Europe.