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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 coordination of agricultural assistance and improved farming practices

Target areas:

Zimbabwe

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 750 000
07/03/2013-31/03/2014
Project code:
OSRO/ZIM/301/USA
Objective:

To strengthen the coordination of agricultural activities at the national, province and district levels, with Government institutions increasingly taking responsibility of these efforts.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development (MAMID).

Beneficiaries reached:

Approximately 50 000 households benefited from a well coordinated and standardized market-based input assistance programme; 80 stakeholders on a monthly basis (for a total of 11 months) benefited from information shared at monthly Agriculture Coordination and Information Forum (ACIF) meetings; and 300 key persons working in the agriculture sector benefited from the dissemination of information through ACIF.

Activities implemented:
  • Assisted MAMID in organizing a national workshop to strengthen agriculture sector coordination mechanisms at the provincial and district levels.
  • Assisted the Agricultural National Steering Committee (ANSC) in developing agricultural input guidelines for the 2013/14 agriculture season, which specified the use of market-based approaches and the payment of farmer contributions for any input assistance provided to targeted farmers.
  • Supported the development of a national nutrition strategy.
  • Organized two provincial ACIF meetings to support and strengthen the process of agricultural and food and security information sharing and dissemination.
  • Supported the Agriculture and Food Security Monitoring System (AFSMS) to produce three AFSMS bulletins and present them to ACIF.
  • Supported MAMID to undertake the 2013 First and Second Round Crop and Livestock Assessments, and the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVac) to undertake the 2013 ZimVac Food Security Assessment.
  • Assisted MAMID in developing a gender strategy and reviewing the HIV/AIDS strategy for the agriculture sector.
Impact:
  • Enabled MAMID to assume increased national ownership of coordination mechanisms.
  • Improved the effectiveness, impact and synergies of agricultural interventions across Zimbabwe.
  • 95 percent of ANSC stakeholders have adhered to the agricultural input guidelines.
  • Information generated through AFSMS is now being used to feed into other assessments, such as for the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification and ZimVac.
  • Findings from the 2013 First and Second Round Crop and Livestock Assessments and the 2013 ZimVac Food Security Assessment have formed the basis for planning, policy formulation and decision-making by the Government and the humanitarian community at both the national and subnational levels.