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Improving rural livelihoods through an integrated farming approach in Zimbabwe

Improving rural livelihoods through an integrated farming approach in Zimbabwe

Full title of the project:

Improving rural livelihoods through an integrated farming approach

Target areas:

Kadoma district

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 732 601
Implementation:
01/08/2010-30/07/2011
Project code:
OSRO/ZIM/001/SPA
Objective:

To improve the livelihood security of small-scale communal farming households in selected districts of Zimbabwe.

Key partners:

Agricultural Technical and Extension Services and Sustainable Agriculture Trust.

Beneficiaries reached:

750 farming households.

Activities implemented:
  • Established eight demonstration plots and trained farmers on intensified crop methods and sustainable land use, in particular conservation agriculture (CA).
  • Distributed agricultural inputs, including 15 tonnes of maize, sorghum and cowpea seeds, along with 330 tonnes of fertilizers and agrochemicals.
  • Carried out 22 training sessions on vegetable production, and established 13 communal vegetable gardens.
  • Distributed poultry production inputs, including 1 500 layers and 3 375 broilers, complemented by feed, vitamins, minerals and antibiotics for poultry production.
  • Carried out 12 monitoring visits and an external evaluation.
  • Trained farmers on land and water management, crop and livestock production and reforestation.
  • Distributed artificial insemination kits to 225 cattle-owning households.
  • Established 70 farmer working groups.
Impact:
  • Farmers achieved crop yields of about 3.18 tonnes per ha of maize, .45 tonnes per ha of cowpea and .82 tonnes per ha of sorghum.
  • 60 percent of project beneficiaries had maize and vegetable surplus, enabling them to generate more income.
  • Improved dietary diversification at household level through increased livestock and vegetable production.
  • Built the capacity of farming communities to better understand CA and conservation farming practices.
  • Improved household food security, allowing beneficiaries to produce enough grain to meet their food security requirements for one year.