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Support to smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe
Support to smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe through improved agriculture (crop and livestock) productivity and markety-based interventions 2010
To create a conducive environment which reduces the dependency of vulnerable rural communal households on humanitarian assistance and improves their livelihood outcomes.
AGRITEX, Department of Veterinary Field Services, Department of Livestock Production and Development, and nine NGOs.
582 055 households (cattle dipping); 936 500 households (Newcastle disease vaccination); 3 194 households (small stock production); and 10 000 households (contract farming).
- 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.