Development organisations have been urged to create self-reliance projects for needy societies as part of their poverty eradication strategies, and thus deal with the dependency syndrome.

This was revealed at an open day held at DAPP Frontline Institute in Shamva, where African Centre for Fertiliser Development partnered the Institution to promote low cost farming in marginalised communities.

The donor dependency syndrome often exposes marginalised societies in Africa to abuse. It is against this background that a leading a developmental aid organisation DAPP Frontline Institute has partnered with African Centre for Fertiliser Development in a bid to encourage self-sustaining organic agriculture and conservative farming in rural setups.

African Centre for Fertiliser Development Programmes Manager Mr Tamba Chirume said aid organisations should first consult before partnering local communities to implement these beneficial development projects successfully.

“There is a tendency by office bearers to think the villagers know nothing. As you go to communities remember some of them are researchers, make them part of your baseline survey and plans,” said Mr Chirume.

Students from the institute who exhibited organic gardens, organic pesticides and summer gardens, praised the institute for equipping them with life-enhancing skills.

DAPP Frontline Institute Principal Mr Doubt Musiiwa noted that the practical and production-oriented curriculum at the institution is uplifting society while Shamva District Administrator Mr White Nkoma called for more institutions that train students to be entrepreneurs.

“The training makes students learn and appreciate conditions of the poor, as well as appreciate and protect outcasts in society.”

“I am happy to witness a center that not only educates but also trains people who see themselves as employers. People who have the heart to be in the middle of harsh conditions to help the poor,” said Mr Nkoma.

To date, DAPP Frontline Institute has trained more than 5000 students from over 43 countries from the SADC region, Asia and Latin America.

Their training involves spending months in rural communities propagating value addition programmes using locally available means to stir production in agriculture, apiculture and poultry, among others.