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Building Livestock Farmer Resilience in Emergencies

Jun 2014

In June and August 2012 the Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services carried out assessments that confirmed the severity of drought in some partrs of southern Zimbabwe. FAO, with funding from the United Kingdom's Department of International Development and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, launched a drought mitigation program to sve the breeding cattle in the nine districts of the worst affected provinces.

The overall objective of the project is 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 00 tonnes of both survival and pen fattening stock feed over 20 000 livestock owing families;
  • support 15 000 families through building and rehebilitating 60 boreholds;
  • a total of 375 000 animals vaccinated against anthrax and foot-and-mouth-disease;
  • Government field extention staff trained on Livestock Emergency guidelines and Standards (LEGS)