Sadzawith Finger Millet Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe, Zimbabwe
Belonging to the grass family, finger millet contains valuable nutrients lacking in the diets of hundreds of millions of the poor.Mrs. Pondoro Small Holder Farmer
About Mrs. Pondoro
A proud Zimbabwean small holder farmer, Mrs. Pondoro works with different farming groups, of mostly women from local villages, to reintroduce lost food crop varieties into the community.
The village of Mrs. Pondoro is located in the low lying area of the Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe District, and receives very low rainfall of only 450-600mm per year.
During the last decade they have experienced massive changes in weather patterns, with rainfall decreasing and becoming increasingly unpredictable. These changes have pushed communities to leave introduced crop varieties, such as maize, and return to growing traditional varieties that have fed past generations for thousands of years. These varieties include sorghum, millets, cowpeas and bambara nuts.
The objective of the community farming group, that Mrs. Pondoro works with, is to empower the community to be able to improve their own lives, solve problems and define their own future by increasing the resilience of small-scale farmers. Local initiatives such as seed fairs, participatory Plant Breeding, Participatory Varietal Selection and seed multiplication have allowed these communities to bring back and enhance traditional crops to be resilient and adaptable to climate change.
As they had never eaten them before, it was difficult to convince the younger generations to change to the ancient grain varieties. However, working with the Ministry of Health and the Community Technology Development Trust, people received information regarding their high nutritional values and were more welcoming of the ancient varieties. Mrs. Pondoro continues to work with community groups to develop new methods of processing traditional foods to make them tastier.find out more
Sadza is to Zimbabweans what rice is to the Chinese or pasta to the Italians. It is a generic term used to describe thickened porridge made out of any number of pulverized grains.
Finger millet is a source of vegetable protein, and valuable for containing the amino acid methionine, an essential amino acid that can’t be synthetized in the body and must be obtained from the diet.Dr. Marta Guasch-Ferré Dietician and PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology