Zimbabwe

Overview

Country Zimbabwe Capital : Harare

Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia, has a population of over 14 million.

Despite the agricultural sector declining dramatically in the early 21st century, it is still an important sector of the country’s economy. It regularly generates about 15 percent of the GDP and employs one-half of the labour force.

The most important food crop is corn (maize). Other food crops include wheat, millet, sorghum, barley, cassava, peanuts (groundnuts), soybeans, bananas and oranges.

89-95% of the food energy consumed in Zimbabwe comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet.

The Crop Trust has supported 4 projects in Zimbabwe

  1. Cowpea: The Crop Trust supported the National Plant Genetic Resources Centre (NPGRC) to regenerate 84 accessions of cowpea with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops.
  2. Maize: The Crop Trust supported the National Plant Genetic Resource Center (NPGRC), Zimbabwe to regenerate and safety duplicate 29 maize accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop.
  3. Millets: The National Plant Genetic Resources Centre Zimbabwe received support from the Crop Trust to regenerate 15 finger millet accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop.
  4. Sorghum: The Crop Trust supported the National Plant Genetic Resource Centre (NPGRC) to regenerate 200 accessions of sorghum with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops.