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Food security in Zimbabwe

Project-Evalution (ZWE-1032)

Welthungerhilfe makes not only efforts to help in need, but to support sustainable development and self-help. The project in Maincaland, Zimbabwe from 2008 - 2010 aimed to help people to secure water and harvest. Read more! (2011)

Brief description of the project

Within a span of about two decades, Zimbabwe has turned from a vibrant, efficient and highly diversified economy and net exporter of food to a nation reliant on copious amounts of food aid and technical support in all sectors. The project attempts to counter the catastrophic demise of food production and livelihood conditions which has affected the rural population most adversely. The overall objective (OO) of the project is thus to contribute towards a “reduction of the emergency situation in selected communities in the province of Manicaland”. The outcome (specific objective or project purpose) is stated as “rural agricultural production and the availability of drinking water have improved in specific communities in Manicaland through enhanced expertise and technical interventions in the agricultural and drinking water sectors”. The project is following the LRRD approach, linking relief to rehabilitation and development. Under the relief component (output 1) 1817 households (HH) were provided with seeds, fertilizer and tools. Of these 80 % managed to plant their fields in time for the 2009/2010 cropping cycle and 37 % managed to set aside seed for the following season. Under output 2, 144 contact farmers were trained and successfully applied an improved system of traditional cropping termed conservation agriculture (CA). A total of 923 HH practised CA on some of their cropping area. Under output 3, linking rehabilitation to development, 40 fenced irrigation gardens were constructed and handed to an equal number of project-trained garden committees. Under the rehabilitation component (output 4), 105 bore holes were repaired or rehabilitated. 171 borehole committees were reactivated or newly formed and 36 pump minders were trained and supplied with adequate tool kits.

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