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Support to smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe

Support to smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe

Full title of the project:

Support to smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe through improved agriculture (crop and livestock) productivity and markety-based interventions 2010

Target areas:


USD 9 239 300
EUR 7 000 000
Project code:

To create a conducive environment which reduces the dependency of vulnerable rural communal households on humanitarian assistance and improves their livelihood outcomes.

Key partners:

AGRITEX, Department of Veterinary Field Services, Department of Livestock Production and Development, and nine NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

582 055 households (cattle dipping); 936 500 households (Newcastle disease vaccination); 3 194 households (small stock production); and 10 000 households (contract farming).

Activities implemented:
  • 3 821 dip tanks received 18-months’ supply of chemicals, 3 cattle dip tanks repaired and 7 goat dip tanks constructed.
  • Livestock Development Committees set up for each dip tank and 12 573 members trained – along with 1 500 veterinary extension agents and 1 039 dip tank assistants – in disease surveillance, dipping methods and dip tank management.
  • 4 185 150 cattle dipped, benefiting over 580 000 cattle owners.
  • 3 194 households received livestock (chickens, layers, pigs, goats), veterinary supplies, building materials, animal feed and extension support to initiate small stock production.
  • 52 households received apiculture equipment and training to start honey production.
  • National Veterinary Laboratory provided with equipment and materials to produce I2 vaccine for Newcastle disease, and 30 million doses produced and disseminated.
  • 91 935 people trained as community-based vaccinators and over 8 million birds vaccinated against Newcastle disease in each of two vaccination phases.
  • 10 000 farmers contracted by 9 private companies to grow various crops – 50 percent of inputs provided by FAO and 50 percent by companies, to be repaid after harvest.
  • Three studies conducted: (i) on buffalo-cattle interaction and potential spread of transboundary diseases in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area; (ii) a feasibility study on communal game ranching in semi-arid southeastern lowveld and Zambezi Valley; and (iii) a national tick distribution map.
  • Dipping led to reduction of 4 percent in reported cases, and drop from 40.5 percent (2010–11) to 34.4 percent (2011–12) in deaths associated with tick-borne diseases.
  • Small stock producers increased their income and consumption of protein.
  • 85 percent of villages now have capacity to carry out Newcastle disease vaccination when provided with vaccines.
  • Contract farming participants saw profits between USD 20 and USD 301 – despite some challenges regarding low prices and payments.