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Zimbabwe Farm Project, Inc.

Empowering Women through Sustainable Agriculture

aka Africa Vertical, Inc.   |   Washington, DC   |  https://www.zimfarmproject.org

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Mission

We use social entrepreneurship to implement innovative, sustainable solutions for food security and renewable energy initiatives to facilitate organic farming. We are rebranding to Africa Vertical, Inc. as we continue to help African women increase food security and achieve economic independence. This name change reflects the universal aspects of our mission and the ability to scale and replicate women’s empowerment model across the Continent. Our comprehensive mission addresses sustainable agriculture’s economic, social, and environmental impact on women’s empowerment in Africa. Our program promotes a holistic approach to job creation and capacity building that fosters lasting change and improves the lives of those involved while contributing to a more environmentally responsible future.

Ruling year info

2019

President/Founder

Ayanna Nahmias

Treasurer

James J Simmons, Jr.

Main address

700 12th Street, N.W. Suite 700

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

82-0843418

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Rural (S32)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Zimbabwe Farm Project is rebranding to Africa Vertical, Inc. This name change reflects the universal aspects of our mission and the ability to scale and replicate this sustainable, organic agriculture women’s empowerment model across the Continent. Our comprehensive mission addresses sustainable agriculture's economic, social, and environmental impact on women's empowerment in Africa. Our program promotes a holistic approach to job creation and capacity building that fosters lasting change and improves the lives of those involved while contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future. Through donor financial support, we seek to continue to provide guaranteed income for the women involved in the project, primarily to support them throughout the harvest cycle to help sustain their families. Additionally, providing organic farm produce and eggs for their personal consumption demonstrates a holistic approach to our beneficiary support model.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Zimbabwe Farm Project

Our mission is to support families living in rural farming communities. We mitigate food insecurity with organically grown produce, solar power as part of our renewable energy initiative, sanitation and hygiene, clean water, employment, and women helping women.

Our international team works closely to build collective power for change through self-sufficiency and empowerment initiatives. We create sustainable solutions to address food insecurity through employment and women’s empowerment initiatives for people in rural agricultural communities. Our mission facilitates program participants’ ability to engage in the local economy to create financial independence in conjunction with donor support. We believe it is incumbent upon each of us to improve our lives and strengthen our countries by leveraging traditional sustainable living solutions, utilizing renewable energy, and investing in real people who will be empowered to uplift their families, communities, and nations.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People of African descent

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Hectares of land that are (or are in the process of being) organically certified as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Zimbabwe Farm Project

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The women of the project utilize traditional farming techniques to maintain organic and permaculture techniques. We will be seeking certification in 2024.

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Zimbabwe Farm Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The flock of egg-laying chickens is part of our organic and permaculture efforts. They have a dedicated 500-gal water supply, and are free-range, with a diet augmented with vegetables from the farm.

Number of trees planted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Zimbabwe Farm Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

To date, there are a total of 100 live macadamia tree seedlings planted on the farm. We hope to expand to 200 macadamia trees planted in 2024 to alleviate poverty and increase livelihood.

KwH of electricity saved due to the organization's services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Zimbabwe Farm Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The farm uses 850 kilowatt hours/month to power the irrigation, poultry house lights, and electronics. Because the national power is often out, the 4000 (kWh) solar setup is critical to operations

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility: Our program initiatives are rooted in the principles of sustainability and environmental responsibility. This includes introducing technology to optimize growing cycles and encouraging eco-friendly practices like waste reduction and resource conservation through permaculture techniques.

Financial Support and Empowerment: Through donor financial support, we can guarantee an income for the women involved in the project, especially throughout the harvest cycle, to help sustain their families. Additionally, providing organic farm produce and eggs for personal use demonstrates a holistic approach to our beneficiary support model.

Sustainable Agriculture and Renewable Energy: Our organization is focused on sustainable agriculture powered by renewable energy sources. This reduces the environmental impact, sets an example for others in the local agricultural industry, and aids in reducing our carbon footprint.

Promoting Self-Reliance and Leadership: Our mission extends beyond providing aid; it aims to create job opportunities, promote self-reliance, and empower women to become community leaders.

Partnerships and Self-Sufficiency: We emphasize the importance of partnerships as an alternative approach to traditional humanitarian aid, aiming to reduce dependency. By doing so, you aim to enable program beneficiaries to achieve self-sufficiency, empowerment, self-determination, and freedom.

Our strategies are to build upon the existing infrastructure (solar power, wind power, irrigation, clean water storage) and replicating this model on other plots and farms in the area. Additionally, by expanding poultry farming to commercial-scale egg production the revenue from these activities would increase our ability to offer farming opportunities to women in underserved communities.

In tandem with these efforts, we have a strategy to continue to provide jobs in a country that is estimated to have unemployment as high as 80% due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting shut-downs. This makes our project more valuable and in-demand because, in the rural community of Christon Bank which we serve, there are many people who have lived a predominately agrarian lifestyle which can only be sustained through farming jobs.

A concomitant challenge that our program seeks to remedy, is to deploy solar power irrigation to ensure consistent delivery of clean water from boreholes. Our clean water initiative once funded will be used to survey newly purchased plots, drill boreholes, install submersible pumps which would be solar power thereby ensuring consistent, clean water for drinking, sanitation, and irrigation.

Currently, most boreholes are powered by Zimbabwe’s state power utility (Zesa) which recently imposed a rolling blackout leaving farms and households without electricity for up to eight hours daily. Without the ability to power the submersible pumps, water from the borehole is unreachable which can result in catastrophic crop loss. With climate change, the ongoing drought in the region has resulted in low water tables, however, with our Zimbabwean partnerships we will not only provide access to surveyors, drillers, and installers, we can engineer solar irrigation solutions which can deliver renewable energy to replicated projects.

Our strategy for achieving these goals will be through fundraising, sales of the proceeds of the farm, personal investment, and sweat equity.

In 2021, we created redundant water access by successfully drilling an 80-meter | 262-feet borehole powered by renewable energy. Our international team continues working closely to build collective power for change through self-sufficiency and empowerment initiatives. We create sustainable solutions to address food insecurity through employment and women’s empowerment initiatives for people in rural agricultural communities. Our mission facilitates program participants’ ability to engage in the local economy to create financial independence in conjunction with donor support. We believe it is incumbent upon each of us to improve our lives and strengthen our countries by leveraging traditional sustainable living solutions, utilizing renewable energy, and investing in real people who will be empowered to uplift their families, communities, and nations.

We are partnered with Zimbabwean program management. Daily activities are directed and approved by U.S. program managers but are administered and implemented by the Zimbabwe team. Quarterly program oversight trips have confirmed the efficacy and success of the project and compliance with our mission.

Our international team works closely to build collective power for change through self-sufficiency and empowerment initiatives. We create sustainable solutions to address food insecurity through employment and women’s empowerment initiatives for people in rural agricultural communities. Our mission facilitates program participants’ ability to engage in the local economy to create financial independence in conjunction with donor support. We believe it is incumbent upon each of us to improve our lives and strengthen our countries by leveraging traditional sustainable living solutions, utilizing renewable energy, and investing in real people who will be empowered to uplift their families, communities, and nations.

Accomplishments to Date

1. Installation of a 4000-kW solar power system for farming irrigation, lighting, and poultry farming.
2. Drilled second borehole - Successfully hit water at 262-feet/80 meters deep that powers the new submersible pump.
3. Planted 100 macadamia seedlings in an orchard to increase access to the international value chain. Upon maturation, improving market access, foreign currency generation, and increase in macadamia nut production in Zimbabwe’s macadamia nut industry. However, it is still in its infancy, but we hope to catch the wave as this market matures.
3. Food Security – Successful annual harvests of organically grown maize, potatoes, sugar beans, sunflowers, cabbage, carrots, avocados, tomatoes, macadamia, and other vegetables.
4. Clean Water Initiative – Installed a water delivery system that provides access to clean water and 10,000-liter storage tanks, and an additional 500-liter tank for the poultry house.
7. Have employed hundreds of women in the community to work on the farm in a specialized capacity with poultry, macadamia, and organic vegetables.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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Zimbabwe Farm Project, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ayanna Nahmias

Zimbabwe Farm Project, Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2025


Board co-chair

James Simmons

Musella Consulting, Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2025

James Simmons, Jr.

Musella Consulting, LLC

Ayanna Nahmias

Zimbabwe Farm Project

Sonya McGee

Mississippi Passport Initiative

Nagraj Baptla

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Marco Nahmias

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/6/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/01/2020

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.