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Enhancing and stabilizing agricultural productivity for communal farmers in Zimbabwe

Enhancing and stabilizing agricultural productivity for communal farmers in Zimbabwe

Full title of the project:

Enhancing and stabilizing agricultural productivity for communal farmers through advanced land use and management project

Target areas:

Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West, Harare, Manicaland and Masvingo provinces

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 3 771 461
EUR 3 000 000
29/08/2008-28/08/2011
Project code:
OSRO/ZIM/806/EC
Objective:

To improve food and rural livelihood security through increasing agricultural productivity.

Key partners:

Agriculture Technical and Extension Services and Union Project.

Beneficiaries reached:

3 719 vulnerable farmers.

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed agricultural inputs, including 16 tonnes of maize, 1.26 tonnes of cotton and 8.19 tonnes of sugar bean seed, along with fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.
  • Provided 107 goats to farming households, where cereal and legume cash crop rotation could not be carried out.
  • Distributed inputs for vegetable production, along with extension support and training on vegetable production storage and marketing to 375 farming households.
  • Carried out a comprehensive training programme on conservation agriculture, agronomic and management practices for both farmers and extension workers.
  • Set up demonstration plots in 21 project sites, as well as organized farmers’ visits and field days.
  • Assisted in the expansion of Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union and Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers’ Union district offices to increase their institutional capacity.
  • Established 372 farmer groups, with an average of ten members per group.
  • Facilitated the participation of project beneficiaries in contract farming for the production of maize, tobacco, sorghum, cowpea, sugar bean, tobacco, chilli, paprika, banana, sunnhemp and flowers.
Impact:
  • 63.7 percent of project beneficiaries produced enough grain to meet their household food needs and had surplus cereal for sale.
  • Improved household dietary diversification.
  • Improved access to appropriate agricultural inputs
  • Enhanced the capacity of field extension workers and improved the knowledge and skill set of project beneficiaries.
  • 75 percent of project beneficiaries participated in contract farming.
  • Ensured a ready market for crops and additional income for project beneficiaries.