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  • Union: farmworkers should get US-dollar wages


    Government has been urged to direct farmers to pay farmworkers in United States dollars to mitigate the continuous erosion of wages through inflation. This follows a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) reached on 9 July 2020 that purports to increase farmworker wages by almost 100% but still leaves the wages way below the poverty datum line.

  • Technology set to change agriculture practices post-COVID lockdowns


    Technology might change agricultural practices in Zimbabwe for good, once COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have ended. This emerged when a women’s entrepreneurial training program was almost derailed because stakeholders couldn’t do required site visits on farms due to stringent lockdown rules. Drone technology came to the rescue, doing the work faster and more efficiently than otherwise would have been possible with human visits.

  • Fifteen women farmers join Food for Export Masterclass 2020


    Fifteen women farmers have been selected to take part in the Food for Export Masterclass 2020 (FEM2020): a program that seeks to build the capacity of female entrepreneurs in various aspects of horticulture, dairy production, food processing and food export business with a view to turning them into successful exporters.

  • 6,000 jobs on the line on horticulture farms


    More than 6,000 jobs are on the line in the horticulture sector amid calls for the government to intervene and support farming which, like other sectors of the economy, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Collective bargaining circus continues


    A new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the general agriculture sector has been signed even before the minimum wages of the last one have been implemented turning the whole process into a circus.

  • Gender-based violence risk spikes on farms


    Lockdown measures imposed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic are putting women at heightened risk of gender-based violence (GBV) at home and cutting them off from essential protection services and social networks. This was revealed in a Hivos-commissioned survey by Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ) titled Impact of Covid-19 on the Horticulture Sector in Zimbabwe. The survey was conducted in May 2020.

  • A sector worth billions whose employees now lack food and jobs


    High food prices and loss of income have emerged as the major concerns for women working on flower farms in Kenya. A rapid assessment of the effects of COVID-19 by Hivos East Africa Women@Work indicates that food security is a major concern mainly due to job losses and increasing food prices.

  • Covid-19: Farmworkers excluded from government cushion


    Farmworkers have been excluded from the Zimbabwean government’s allocation of $600 million set aside to cushion one million vulnerable households worst hit by the national lockdown, put in place to stem the spread of new coronavirus.

  • COVID-19: workers call for OSHE legislation


    The Zimbabwean government should immediately put an occupational safety, health and environment (OSHE) legislation in place throuh a statutory instrument (SI), to address long-standing health issues affecting farmworkers, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • COVID-19 ravages women’s jobs on horticulture farms


    Casual workers have suffered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as most farm owners have shut the door for non-resident workers despite them constituting the majority workers on most farms, as a way to curb the spread of the virus.