Monthly Archives: October 2015

WASAA Agribusiness Scheme Targets Job Creation

SAM_0296By Anthony Jongwe

An innovative agribusiness scheme recently launched in Harare aims at creating several jobs among women and youth across the country. The sweet potato growing scheme launched in partnership by SimFresh International and Women in Agribusiness Sub-Saharan Africa Alliance (WASAA) focuses on valueadding entrepreneurship and job creation among small-scale and emerging farmers in the country. Agriculture plays a key role in Zimbabwe’s macro-economy. Based on past performance, the sector has the potential to contribute 12–18 percent of gross domestic product. It is capable of generating about 60 percent of the foreign exchange earnings through exports of tobacco, cotton,
beef and horticultural crops. Production agriculture could consume up to US$2 billion worth of agricultural inputs (fertilisers, chemicals, fuel, and machinery) and services (consultants, financial and advisers) annually. Through backward and forward
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