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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:

Gokwe and Guruve district

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 1 781 148
Implementation:
10/06/2010-31/07/2011
Project code:
OSRO/ZIM/004/USA
Objective:

To strengthen and consolidate the current systems that produce agriculture and food security information and increase the capacity of the Government and other institutions through the coordination of training and demonstrations sites.

Key partners:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development, Practical Action, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Food and Nutrition Council and Research for Development Trust and Centre for Applied Social Sciences.

Beneficiaries reached:

3 000 smallholder farming households and 41 extension workers along with all stakeholders in Zimbabwe’s agriculture sector.

Activities implemented:
  • Facilitated the Agriculture and Food Security Monitoring system, collecting data on agriculture and food security indicators at ward level.
  • Supported one national, three regional and eight provincial workshops on IPC met-analysis, producing one national IPC map of Zimbabwe.
  • Conducted the 1st and 2nd Round Crop and Livestock assessments, providing information on the availability and supply of agriculture inputs.
  • Carried out post-planting and post-harvest surveys across 35 districts.
  • Facilitated a training of trainers workshop for 207 Department of the Agricultural Technical and Extension Services officers on planted area and yield estimation techniques.
  • Produced 0.6 tonnes of pearl millet, 3.8 tonnes of cowpea and 4 tonnes of groundnut foundation seed.
  • Trained 41 extension workers on post-harvest management.
  • Constructed six brick-walled silos and six metallic silos.
Impact:
  • Strengthened agriculture and food security analysis in Zimbabwe, providing stronger and more reliable tools to stakeholders in the humanitarian sector.
  • Improved coordination among stakeholders through the generation of timely and reliable information.
  • Produced enough foundation seed to cultivate an estimated 4 653 ha of land.
  • Built the capacity of the smallholder farmers to reduce post-harvest losses.