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Livelihood, food and nutrition security for smallholder women and men farmers affected by the El Niño-induced drought

Livelihood, food and nutrition security for smallholder women and men farmers affected by the El Niño-induced drought

Full title of the project:

Livelihood, food and nutrition security for smallholder women and men farmers affected by the El Niño-induced drought

Target areas:

Gwanda, Umzingwane, Tsholotsho, Bulilima, Insiza Districts

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 1 975 111
16/09/2016-30/08/2017
Project code:
OSRO/ZIM/603/USA
Objective:

To safeguard farmers’ livelihoods, avert hunger and make up for the loss of productive assets many communities experienced as a result of the El Niño-induced drought.

Key partners:

2 NGOs – LEAD and World Vision, Government line ministries and district extension workers.

Beneficiaries reached:

6 961 households from subsidized livestock feed, 8 618 households from subsidized grain and legume seeds, 271 extension staff, 4 756 smallholder farmers and 560 village health workers from training.

Activities implemented:
  • 3 000 tonnes of livestock feed provided to Agricultural Development Associations (ADAs), who sold 2 998.4 tonnes at subsidized prices to drought-affected livestock farmers.
  • ADAs generated a sum of USD 284 348.21 from the stock feed sales, which were used to implement community-based projects.
  • 60 tonnes of crop and legume seeds were made available to 8 618 drought-hit farming families at subsidized prices through the ADAs.
  • 271 extension staff were trained and 53 crop and 9 livestock demonstrations were set up to promote good production practices among all farmers in targeted districts.
  • 560 Village health workers were trained in screening for acute malnutrition and provided with 400 mid-upper arm circumference tapes, screening sheets, community referral slips, counselling cards, Healthy Harvest training manuals and other key stationery.
Impact:
  • 27 817 cattle received feed, which improved their health and survival prospects.
  • ADA funds were used to undertake over 60 infrastructure construction and rehabilitation projects (solar-powered boreholes, warehouses, dams, feedlots, etc.), which contributed to enhancing communities’ resilience.
  • Farmers were able to begin recovery following the drought thanks to the availability of seeds for planting during the main 2016/17 production season and attained harvests of 0.47 tonnes per hectare for sorghum and 0.39 tonnes per hectare for cowpea.
  • 37 851 children under the age of 5 years were screened monthly for malnutrition at community level. Of these, 823 were referred for treatment of both moderate and severe acute malnutrition.