Since project inception at the end of 2015, quarterly oversight trips from the U.S. to Zimbabwe have been taken to ensure that the Zimbabwe Farm Project’s program goals were being met in compliance with the food aid mission. Day-to-day oversight is handled in country and through partnerships with Zimbabwean citizens who provide on-site management.
These include an agriculture manager, Mr. Maxwell Tauro, who oversees all aspects of planting, cultivating, and producing our successive successful harvests of maize, potatoes, sugar beans, and carrots. In tandem with the farm manager, Mr. Richard Gwichiri, he supervises and works alongside the laborers who are hired to plant, apply organic fertilizer, and harvest.
Mr. Gwichiri provides day-to-day project management and communicates with me several times daily using the cost-effective web application, WhatsApp. He is responsible for securing numerous quotes for products and services for approval or disapproval. He is responsible for maintaining records of all expenditures which are routinely forwarded to our in-country lawyer. As the founder, and ultimately since I report to the board, I approve all expenditures, and food donations to the community and a local orphanage, Fountain of Hope.
Final decisions on every aspect of project management which would require disbursements of funds which have been accrued through self-capitalization and the sale of the remaining portion of crops which have not been donated, are used in furtherance of the project objectives such as clean water, sanitation, housing, the expansion of sustainable farming techniques on which the local community will be trained. Additionally, the launch of solar energy as renewable energy source to power various initiatives is planned.
Mr. Talkmore Maunga is the project’s groundskeeper and is responsible for the grounds and fruit trees. His responsibilities also include preventive maintenance and safety in accordance with project policy and standards. All of the aforementioned individuals are provide the necessary safeguards to ensure that the project is secured, and that tasks, which significantly relates to the production of crops to address food insecurity in the community are completed on-budget.
The teamwork and management that is conducted from the U.S., and in Zimbabwe is crucial to meeting the current project objectives and positions the Zimbabwe Farm Project to embark upon future initiatives.
All salaries and payments to itinerant farm workers is transacted using U.S. dollars, to indemnify the project from potential negative impact that may arise from currency fluctuations, and ensure that all donations are used in the full measure without devaluation. We appreciate your support!