Strengthening of production-to-use supply chains
Conservation of genetic diversity
Empowerment of local communities and women in particular
WHAT WE DO
We take neglected species that have the potential to generate benefits for rural people and their environment and transform them into commercial “crops” that actually do generate these benefits.
WHY WE DO IT
We’re interested in developing the commercial potential of overlooked species in Zimbabwe not just because it’s fun (though that’s a pretty good reason!), but also because we think they have a huge role to play in Zimbabwe’s future.
BIZ focuses on a limited range of species which are suited to small-scale rural production and for which there is demonstrable market demand.
BIZ focuses on underutilised indigenous plants. Indigenous plants are locally evolved and adapted, culturally familiar, widely abundant and available, drought-resilient, contribute to better use and management of biodiversity and require minimal agro-inputs.
STORIES OF CHANGE
People keep asking us how to prepare those ‘funny foods’ we promote and so here are some recipes we at BIZ have tried and liked.
We encourage everyone to experiment and figure out drinks and meals that work best for you. And please let us know what you come up with!