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Improved livelihoods for smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe

Improved livelihoods for smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe

Full title of the project:

Improved livelihoods for smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe through improved crop production, productivity and post-harvest management

Target areas:

Guruve, Mazowe, Gokwe South and Kwekwe

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 1 700 000
Implementation:
25/09/2011-30/09/2012
Project code:
OSRO/ZIM/105/USA
Objective:

To improve and sustain the food security and livelihoods of poor rural households.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture; Practical Action; International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics; Food and Nutrition Council; and Research for Development Trust.

Beneficiaries reached:

Direct beneficiaries of the project include 62 extension workers and 2 472 smallholder farmers.

Activities implemented:
  • Trained 62 extension workers in agricultural crop management, who in turn trained 2 472 farmers.
  • Promoted conservation agriculture through five awareness meetings, one demonstration plot, 500 copies of an instructional manual and the provision of 200 hand-operated and 50 animal-drawn units of equipment.
  • Constructed 12 brick-walled granaries and 12 metallic silos.
  • Strengthened the Agriculture and Food Security Monitoring System, which provides bimonthly presentations and monthly food security and agriculture briefs.
Impact:
  • Through its production of timely, accurate and in-depth information, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification helped to increase the speed, accuracy and appropriateness of humanitarian response in the agriculture and food security sectors.
  • Proper use of the conservation agriculture training and equipment provided will reduce production costs, improve labour productivity and increase agricultural land under production.
  • FAO supported annual national agricultural and food security assessments which provide: i) overall information on crop areas, yields and livestock production; ii) key technical background information on agricultural production; and iii) recommendations for potential improvements.