The Sustainable, Ecological And Economic Development Project (The SEED Project)

Strong roots: weathering life's storms in Zimbabwe

SEED will help a rural Zimbabwean community to become more resilient to economic, environmental & other challenges. Foundational skills developed will include disaster risk management, problem-solving, communication, planning, collaboration, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and governance.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1115357)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind




Despite decades of aid, 71% of Zimbabweans live in poverty. Zimbabweans have had far more than their fair share of erratic weather events (floods, droughts, Cyclone Idai), disease and locust outbreaks, economic shocks, and COVID-19. At the local level, crops are diseased, a river dries up, a competitor corners the market. When disaster strikes, communities often have nothing to fall back on. Progress, health, livelihoods and even lives are lost. The poverty cycle continues.


Our local team will consult with community leaders and members to identify their priorities, resources, skills, gaps and ideas. Together we will analyse shocks faced in the past and actions taken to prepare and respond. Acting like consultants, we will help a community to draw up and start to implement a plan to build their whole community’s resilience, looking holistically at foundational skills like problem-solving and risk management as well as basic needs like water and food sources.

  • “Every day we get no less than 5 people asking us what we did to produce this crop as good as it is. No one has peas like ours! We were people who were despised but it’s funny how people are now coming here to ask us for advice on pea growing.”

    — Chairman of SEED-supported farmers’ group, Murehwa