African Journal of Gender and Women Studies
African Journal of Gender and Women Studies ISSN: 2736-1578, Vol. 8 (1), pp. 001-013, January, 2023. © International Scholars Journals
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Smallholder gardening as a sustainable livelihood strategy in Chikwanda communal lands, Gutu, Zimbabwe
Mudavanhu C*, Zinyandu T, Mudavanhu N, Mazorodze S, Chinyanganya TP, Manyani A, Maponga R, Pedzisai E, Phiri S
Faculty of Science, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe
Accepted 16 December, 2022
This paper seeks to assess the potential of transforming smallholder gardening into a sustainable livelihood strategy in Chikwanda Communal Lands, Zimbabwe through a case study approach. Questionnaires, interview guides and observation guides were used to collect both the qualitative and quantitative data. The questionnaires were administered to 37 household heads from VIDCO 3 with 210 households. Results indicated that smallholder gardening is a viable livelihood strategy as it acts as a source of food, provides income and some form of employment though in varying degrees. However, smallholder gardening can be a sustainable livelihood strategy if people have access to viable markets and receive training on the proper utilisation of natural resources.
Keywords: Livelihood, smallholder garden, sustainability, transformation, viability, sustainable livelihood.
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