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Improved food and nutrition security of vulnerable households in Zimbabwe

Improved food and nutrition security of vulnerable households in Zimbabwe

Full title of the project:

Improved food and nutrition security of vulnerable households in Zimbabwe through market-based input assistance

Target areas:

Manicaland, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Masvingo, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Midlands

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 15 786 200
17/08/2012-31/07/2014
Project code:
OSRO/ZIM/202/UK
Objective:

To contribute to poverty and chronic malnutrition reduction, increased production and productivity, and improved commercialization of smallholder agriculture in Zimbabwe.

Key partners:

NGOs, the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation Development and the Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services.

Beneficiaries reached:

A total of 90 000 vulnerable farming households benefited from agricultural vouchers provided by the project. Additionally, a total of 46 800 farmers received training and extension support (78 percent beneficiaries).

Activities implemented:
  • Provided and subsidized paper and e-vouchers valued at USD 160 for crop and livestock inputs. In the first year, beneficiaries paid one-fifth of the cost and in the second year half the cost.
  • Supplied 48 540 households with goats, veterinary drugs, equipment, chickens, cattle, donkeys and feed.
  • Enabled 40 260 households to purchase basal and top dressing fertilizer, and maize, groundnut, sorghum, cowpea, roundnut, millet and sugar bean seeds from agrodealers.
  • Supplied 1 200 households with both crop and livestock vouchers.
  • Trained 93 agrodealers on the voucher procedures, agrodealer roles, stock management, record keeping and other good business practices.
  • Trained 9 843 farmers (60 percent women) through 56 field days demonstrating agricultural best practices for crop and livestock production.
Impact:
  • Increased crop and livestock productivity in Zimbabwe, thereby increasing food security.
  • Enabled 75 percent of households to produce enough food to see them through to the next harvest in the 2013/14 season.
  • Enabled 39 percent of households to sell excess crops and 65 percent to sell excess produce at market.
  • Increased the use of fertilizer by 25 percent, the area planted with maize by 11 percent and the area of land planted with sorghum by 2 percent.
  • Reduced the hunger gap from three months to at least one and a half months.
  • Empowered farmers by allowing them to select agricultural inputs ideal for their individual needs through the voucher scheme.