Change and transformation is unfolding at a great pace in Rufunsa District. Patchy red soils and scattered shrubs have been transformed into productive agricultural land. Solar irrigation has brought some much needed respite for crops which have come under increasing pressure by climate change. Women smallholder farmers have been able to replace their struggling maize crops with a more commercially viable butternut squash, and for the first time women smallholder farmers are able to have two cropping seasons in a calendar year.
The project has had a challenging first cropping due to COVID-19 epidemic. However the project stakeholders remain motivated to make Rufunsa a success and look forward to the second cropping.