Women Poultry Farmers Embrace Green Technologies to Improve Productivity and Profitability

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Inclusive Poultry Value Chain (IPVC) project is contributing to inclusive green economy in Zimbabwe by piloting with poultry value chain actors the use of green technologies in poultry production. The goal is to reduce carbon footprint from poultry enterprises through promoting use of renewable energy technologies. To date, the pilot has seen the installation of over 52 green technologies to lead farmers across all project clusters (Harare, Masvingo, Gweru, Bulawayo and Mutare). These technologies include biogas, solar lighting, solar incubators, rocket stove and solar powered tricycles/scooters.

Follow the stories of three women poultry producers who have adopted green technologies in their production activities:

Pauline Tauro
Pauline Tauro, aged 41, from Seke, used to work for the Ministry of Agriculture and resigned in 2018 due to poor remuneration.  After her resignation, she failed to secure a job and decided the venture into agriculture. Initially she wanted to practise horticulture, however the water requirement for horticulture was high and could not afford it, she decided to do poultry production. Read more.

Rosemary Ngorima
Rosemary Ngorima is a 68-year-old poultry farmer from Guinea Fowl, Gweru, who runs an 800-layer project despite her little knowledge of farming. Rosemary, a former teacher, had to quit her job after her husband suffered a life altering stroke, to become his primary care giver. Therefore, for survival, she looked to poultry production, despite having little knowledge in the field of poultry. Read more.

Melody Zvakare
Melody Zvakare is a 41-year-old poultry farmer from Domboshawa, living with a disability. She is part of a group of women who benefited from the project’s first and final mile egg distribution intervention in Domboshawa. The IPVC project collaborated with Mobility for Africa and provided 20 solar powered scooters to the Harare Poultry Business Association sub-hub in Domboshawa. Mobility for Africa assists with charging ports for the scooters.  This intervention is set to ease egg transportation and distribution to the Live Bird and Egg Market in Domboshawa. The tricycles are electric and solar powered and have a capacity of 400 kg payload and 40km on single charge. Read more.