The livelihoods of people in Mwenezi West have been severely affected as some villagers in the constituency have not harvested anything meaningful in the past two years due to drought.

A gaze to the sky offers very little relief for Shuvai Gwenhure.

The rains have remained elusive and at a time when normally her crops should be at knee height level, the situation is far from normal in terms of weather patterns.

Gwenhure and the rest of the Mwenezi community have to bear the full agony of the changing climate and are now in desperate need of food aid.

“There is drought, the rains are not coming and it means a third consecutive year of drought,” she said.

A poor harvest has ripple effects on Gwenhure’s family as she used to sell excess grain for livelihood.

Her child can no longer proceed with secondary education.

“We have come to a conclusion with my son that there is no school fees and he would just remain at home,” Gwenhure added.

Shuvai’s story is one of the many in Mwenezi and Masvingo province.

According to the Mwenezi District Administration Office at least 52 000 families are in need of food aid.

Mwenezi falls under ecological region 5 which is semi-arid and dependency on rains for agriculture can no longer be viable due to climate change.

Mwenezi is however home to one of the largest dams in the country; Manyuchi which can support irrigation if resources are harnessed.