About Our Campaign

In February we launched 5 Years of Innovation (5YI), a new campaign to highlight SAMP's ongoing impact as we celebrate our fifth year. 5YI will capture how the project has driven sustainable change in the agricultural sector and changed the lives of people across Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland.

We'll be including tasters in each of our monthly newsletters ahead of our 5YI campaign event later in the year, but you can also keep up-to-date with all 5YI articles on our dedicated campaign webpage!

In November and December 2013, GRM undertook a gender analysis study covering gender issues in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland.

The study revealed many examples of gender inequalities among project beneficiaries. Overall it found that women bore the greatest burden given their already existing reproductive roles. There was inequitable access and control of resources and benefits from the SAMPII project.

Although women make substantial contributions to agricultural production, men largely control the sale of crops and animals and use of the income.   ...READ MORE

Competitive seed markets in rural areas are critical for ensuring small holder farmers access high quality diversified seed.

The seed markets in Southern Africa have been dominated by large scale commercial companies most of which focus on highly priced seed types such as hybrid maize, wheat and soya beans. Whilst these are fine for the large scale commercial sector, most of these seed types are inappropriate for small holder farmers given the input requirements (fertilizer, water etc) as well as being relatively expensive in the bag sizes provided. The SAMP is seeking to strengthen these seed markets by supporting community managed seed enterprises which produce and sell high quality seeds adapted to the local agro-ecology and at prices farmers find favourable.   ...READ MORE

Since 2010 GRM International has been implementing a range of innovative, market-based solutions to address the issue of seed security.

Many small holder farmers in Southern Africa are unable to obtain the right type of seed at the right time, and for prices they can afford. This has a critical effect on their ability to grow enough diversified food for home consumption and sell any surplus to the market for additional income.

Using hard-earned experience over five years, GRM International has developed the SAMP approach. Our methodology is defined by three key pillars of innovation.    ...READ MORE