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World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2021, 9(1), 9-14
DOI: 10.12691/wjar-9-1-2
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Building Resilience to Climate Change through the Adoption of Grain and Vegetable Amaranth in Binga District of Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe

Francis Muromo1, , Tendai Madanzi2, Pepukai Manjeru2, Innocent Isaac3 and Jephias Matunhu1

1Tugwi Mukosi Multidisciplinary Research Institute (TMMRI), Midlands State University, Zvishavane Campus

2Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resource Management, Midlands State University, Main Campus, Gweru

3Ntengwe For Community Development (NCD), Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Pub. Date: November 13, 2020

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Francis Muromo, Tendai Madanzi, Pepukai Manjeru, Innocent Isaac and Jephias Matunhu. Building Resilience to Climate Change through the Adoption of Grain and Vegetable Amaranth in Binga District of Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2021; 9(1):9-14. doi: 10.12691/wjar-9-1-2


This paper seeks to popularize and commercialize grain and vegetable amaranth (mowa in Shona, imbuya in IsiNdebele and bboonko in Tonga) by local farmers in Manjolo and Sikalenge wards in Binga District of Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe. The paper is based on a baseline survey of randomly selected 74 farmers in the two wards. The paper argues that the introduction of grain and vegetable amaranth in Binga District, will improve nutrition security for humans and livestock. Findings of the study indicate that the majority of the respondents knew the local vegetable amaranth types (various weedy species) but did not know the white version (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) grown also for its grain value. Results also indicate that the weedy species germinate naturally in the District and local communities in the two wards viewed these as a weed and had therefore not bothered about the crop because the knowledge about its potential markets was not known. The paper recommends the adoption of grain and vegetable amaranth in arid areas such as Binga because of its higher nutritional quality and quantity than traditional crops.

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