Most subsistence farmers in Southern Africa rely on rain-fed irrigation for their crops, so during long periods of drought they’re left vulnerable and unable to farm. The recent drought compounded by ongoing water shortages has meant many communities are now moving further down a path of vulnerability rather than towards prosperity.
The Southern Africa Livelihoods Project was launched in 2017 by World Vision Australia and Australian Aid. The project aims to support farming groups to scale up and commercialise their agricultural production. But before many groups can begin transforming their farms into businesses, they must first overcome the major hurdle of water insecurity.
This project is working with community farming groups across Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa to overcome this critical issue.
Mphilwe Mamba is the project’s coordinator in Swaziland and he believes passionately in the commitment the project is making by investing in water infrastructure.