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Emergency drought mitigation operation for livestock in Zimbabwe

Emergency drought mitigation operation for livestock in Zimbabwe

Full title of the project:

Zimbabwe emergency drought mitigation operation for livestock

Target areas:

Matabeleland South, Matabeleland North, Midlands, Manicaland, Masvingo provinces

USD 8 919 750
EUR 5 500 000
Project code:

To contribute to poverty reduction through protection of livestock assets.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development and the NGOs World Vision, Caritas, Netherlands Development Organisation and Africare.

Beneficiaries reached:

28 434 beneficiary households from the distribution of stock feed distribution; 32 500 from foot-and-mouth vaccinations; 59 375 from anthrax vaccinations; and 17 200 from borehole rehabilitation.

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 13 730 tonnes of stock feed, of which 10 383.8 tonnes was sold at a subsidized price of USD 6 per 50 kg bag.
  • Set up 18 community feedlots, cultivating 80 ha of fodder crops (velvet bean, lablab, cowpea and leucaena) around the feedlot sites.
  • Rehabilitated 349 boreholes and established Drought Mitigation Committees.
  • Procured, distributed and administered 260 000 foot-and-mouth (FMD) and 475 000 anthrax vaccines to 735 000 cattle.
  • Trained 216 extension officers on animal husbandry, animal health management, disease surveillance, livestock feeding regimes and fodder bank and feedlot establishment through the training of trainers method.
  • Produced a documentary on project beneficiaries to illustrate the impact of project activities.
  • Improved access to stock feed at a subsidized rate, supporting 86 530 cattle over a feed period of 40 to 60 days.
  • Approximately 28 434 livestock owners received extension support.
  • Through the feedlotting system, farmers received good prices for their cattle, ranging from USD 500 to USD 600 per head.
  • A total of USD 829 662.91 was raised by the Livestock District Associations to fund community livestock-related projects.
  • Reduced livestock deaths associated with drought, FMD and anthrax.
  • Safeguarded the livelihoods of rural households who depend on livestock.
  • Beneficiary farmers gained knowledge on how to better cope with drought and increase their resilience to future shocks.