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Enhancing the livelihoods of emerging rural farmers in Zimbabwe

Enhancing the livelihoods of emerging rural farmers in Zimbabwe

Full title of the project:

Enhancing the livelihoods of emerging rural farmers in Zimbabwe through provision of agricultural inputs, extension and inputs/outputs market linkages

Target areas:

Goromonzi, Marondera, Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe, Guruve, Mhondoro, Hurungwe, Zaka and Mutasa districts

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 1 875 000
Implementation:
01/07/2011-30/06/2012
Project code:
OSRO/ZIM/102/NET
Objective:

To contribute to the improvement and sustainability of livelihoods, food and nutrition security and income generation by poor and emerging rural farming households in selected sites of Zimbabwe through improved agricultural input and output markets and management, and provision of technical knowledge.

Key partners:

Agricultural, Technical and Extension Services (AGRITEX), and the NGOs Agriculture Partnership Trust and Community Technology Development Trust (CTDT).

Beneficiaries reached:

6 059 vulnerable farmers.

Activities implemented:
  • 4 100 farmers received electronic vouchers worth USD 160, to which farmers contributed 10 percent.
  • 1 959 farmers were contracted to grow 39.3 ha of banana and 806 ha of seed crops (sugar bean, sorghum, cowpea and groundnut), and were expected to repay for inputs advanced after marketing their produce.
  • Conducted a training of trainers workshop on gender, HIV and nutrition for five CTDT staff and 18 AGRITEX officials.
  • Trained a total of 29 extension officers on land use and management, agronomic practices, post-production, farming-as-a-business, post-harvest crop management, marketing of crops and HIV/AIDS to further train all farmers participating in the e-voucher and contract farming schemes of the project.
Impact:
  • Improved households’ access to agricultural inputs of choice.
  • Approximately 336.7 tonnes, 262.45 tonnes and 52.75 tonnes of top dressing, basal fertilizer and seed were sold respectively through the agrodealer network.
  • 78 percent of the voucher value was used to purchase fertilizers, 13 percent tools and accessories, 5 percent crop seeds and 1 percent agrochemicals.
  • Beneficiaries who received e-vouchers had an average surplus of 133 kg of maize.
  • Farmers contracted to grow banana, sorghum and cowpea were able to generate an average income of USD 352, USD 102.17 and USD 92, respectively, and were able to repay for inputs.