FAO Regional Office for Africa

EU donates over USD 600,000 of equipment to boost food security programmes in Zimbabwe

Assets to contribute to support planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as reaching out to beneficiaries

Motor vehicles donated by the EU

28 January 2015, Harare -- The European Union today handed over motor vehicles and equipment worth USD 600,000 to the Government of Zimbabwe to support four ongoing EU funded projects coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and jointly implemented by the Government of Zimbabwe and their partners. The total budget of the projects for which the equipment will be used exceeds USD 20 million.

The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Philippe Van Damme said: "The assets and equipment handed over today will contribute to support planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as reaching out to the beneficiaries and enhance coordination with all concerned stakeholders. The EU is confident about the potential of the agricultural sector and the willingness and capacity of all relevant stakeholders to support the efforts towards turning the agricultural sector into a main driver of economic growth."

The equipment consisting of vehicles, motorbikes, survey and different office equipment were purchased through four EU-funded and FAO implemented projects:

  • The Smallholder Irrigation Support Project, which assists the rehabilitation of 20 schemes on 1000 hectares in Manicaland and Matabeleland South.
  • The Livestock Programme supporting 40 000 farmers who practice mixed crop and livestock production in Matabeleland North Province.
  • The Forest Forces project, implemented in four provinces and seeking to improve food security and income of vulnerable rural communities through participatory and sustainable forest management, value addition to forest products, and diversification of livelihood strategies
  • Contribution to the implementation of the Food and Nutrition Security Policy through the setup of a centralised Food and Nutrition security information management system.

FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Southern Africa and Representative in Zimbabwe, Chimimba David Phiri said that he was grateful to the EU for improving mobility and communication of project implementers. “FAO appreciates the generosity of the European Union in providing the vehicles and equipment that would allow FAO, Government and their partners to deliver service to the projects’ beneficiaries more efficiently.”

The equipment will go a long way in supporting the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects through enabling project personnel to effectively reach out to targeted beneficiaries. Vehicles, office equipment and specific tools like specialized survey equipment will contribute to boost partner performance and achievements of improved quality standards.

The European Union and FAO have been long-standing supporters of the agricultural sector in Zimbabwe. The European Union will reinforce its commitment in the framework of the 11th European Development Fund (2014 -2020), in which EUR 88 million (approximately USD 110 million) are earmarked for the sector.

Contact:

Caroline Hungwe | Communication Officer | FAO Sub-regional Office for Southern Africa, Zimbabwe | Tel.+263-4-253655, Mobile +263773576470 | Email:  [email protected]
Leonard Makombe  | Assistant Communication Officer | FAO Regional Office for Southern Africa, Zimbabwe | Tel. +263-4-253655, Mobile +263779711777  | Email: [email protected]