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Enhanced food security and nutrition for smallholder women and men farmers affected by drought in Zimbabwe

Enhanced food security and nutrition for smallholder women and men farmers affected by drought in Zimbabwe

Full title of the project:

Enhanced food security and nutrition for smallholder women and men farmers affected by drought

Target areas:

Chivi, Mwenezi, Mberengwa and Zvishavane Districts

USD 1 106 196
Project code:

To support drought-affected smallholder farmers with access to subsidised stockfeed and seeds and related training.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation Development’s extension services, AGRITEX and NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

4 343 drought-affected smallholder farmers.

Activities implemented:
  • Identified and sensitized project beneficiaries.
  • Conducted a project inception meeting to sensitize national stakeholders on the project and to kick-start field operations.
  • Procured a total of 1 400 tonnes of stockfeed, 20 tonnes of sorghum and 20 tonnes of cowpea seeds, which were distributed to 84 selling points across the four project districts; farmers could buy a 50-kg bag of stockfeed for USD 7 to USD 8, while cowpea seed sold at USD 1/2.5 kg and sorghum at USD 3/5 kg.
  • Conducted training of trainers workshops, benefiting 127 participants in all four districts.
  • Reached 2 291 farmers with technical training (land preparation, fertilizer application, etc.).
  • Set up 77 crop demonstration plots across the four districts for farmers to learn good practices in cowpea and sorghum production, as well as livestock demonstration units to educate farmers on pen fattening and good livestock husbandry practices.
  • Improved the general state of livelihoods in the target districts.
  • Allowed for 12 155 cattle to access stockfeed, which improved their nutritional status and survival prospects.
  • Reduced the number of drought-related cattle deaths.
  • Enhanced both farmers’ access to inputs and their production levels with an increased average sorghum yield for project beneficiaries compared with the national average  1.13 tonne/ha compared with 0.57 tonne/ha.
  • Stored about 10 percent of beneficiaries’ harvest as seed, strengthening communities’ ability to mitigate the effects of future droughts.
  • Generated USD 161 838 from selling subsidized stockfeed and seed, which was reinvested into the targeted districts; funds were used to rehabilitate and construct community-owned assets, including five warehouses, 14 dip tanks, eight feedlots, two community gardens and five water points.
  • Increased cereal sufficiency levels for all four districts from less than three months in 2016 to more than six months for the districts of Mberengwa Zvishhivane and Mwenezi while Chivi district recorded cereal self-sufficiency of 4 to 6 months.
  • Enhanced the technical capacities of farmers to effectively utilise the inputs received.