Research in market trade priorities to assist small scale farmers

Small scale farmers in the country are moving towards a paradigm shift through various research initiatives to scale up market opportunities in Agriculture.

This came to light during the Zimbabwe National Validation Workshop on small holder farmers held in the Capital this Thursday. The workshop was hosted by OXFAM in partnership with, Agricultural Research Council and FANRPAN under the programme termed: Phase 2 Research and Knowledge Generation.

Speaking to Spotlight Online News Africa, Doctor Isaah Mharapara, Food Agriculture Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Country Focal Person said the validation workshop provided small scale farmers with marketing opportunities for their products.

The workshop runs under the theme, Creating an enabling environment to transform agriculture markets for the smallholder farming households.

“The Zimbabwe National Validation Workshop has been held under Phase 2: Research and Knowledge Generation. Today’s engagement provided a platform for scale farmers in identifying agricultural markets for their produce.”

“This also looked at identifying areas of priority in trade in light of the recently launched AFCFTA and issues around policy recommendations from various stakeholders.”

Small scale farmers from different parts of the country attended the workshop which also enabled exchange of information and ideas.

Tendai Guvamombe