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Food Security: Vegetable Gardens

As a result of collaboration between Tashinga Initiative and Zambezi Elephant, I am thrilled to let readers know that Zambezi Elephant Fund has funded the re-establishment of two vegetable gardens at Mkanga and at Kapirinhengu, Chewore Safari Area for 2024.     

No funds were raised in 2022 and 2023 to support these Ranger gardens, so this comes as a huge relief for those Rangers living in these remote areas, with extremely limited access to fresh supplies.    

The produce grown provides Rangers with a source of vital vitamins and minerals whilst on anti-poaching patrols, as well as the families of Rangers who are living on the stations. The strong linkages of good Ranger health to patrol efficacy are highlighted.  

 Soil preparation, refurbishments to the electric fencing, planting, and biologicals spraying of seedlings in the gardens takes place after ensuring that the solar-powered/water supplies are in good order.    

Trained Gardeners tend the gardens each day at Mkanga and at Kapirinhengu, and at ZAVARU, the off-duty Rapid Response Unit Rangers have a roster system to undertake the gardening.  We ask and trust caring donors to proactively respond to this call for ongoing funding. 

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