Building Livestock Farmer Resilience in Emergencies - Part 1

Jul 2014

Droughts in southern Zimbabwe are a common occurrence. Their onset is slow and may not immediately be visible, but their effects are devastating. While a lot can be done to save the lives of people and animals during droughts, there is also a need to build the resilience of communities to cope with recurrent droughts that have become even more frequent and extreme with climate change.

The United Kingdom through its Department for International Development (DFID), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the government of Zimbabwe (as well as other partners), implemented an USD$ 11 Million emergency drought mitigation project, after poor successive rainy season (2012 - 2013).

The objective of the project was to contribute to household food and nutrition security, with the expected outcome being to enhance protection of assets and develop market systems.

The project was able to;

  • Distribute 19 000 tonnes of both survival and pen fattening stock feed over 20 000 livestock owning families.
  • Supported 15 000 families through building and rehabilitating 60 boreholes.
  • A total of 375 000 animals vaccinated against anthrax and Foot and mouth disease.
  • Government field extension staff trained on Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS).