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Improving Income and Food and Nutrition Security for Farmers Involved in Small-Scale Irrigation in Zimbabwe - GCP/ZIM/026/EC









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    Supporting Smallholder Irrigated Agriculture in Targeted Irrigation Schemes in Zimbabwe - GCP/ZIM/027/SWI 2020
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    Zimbabwe has one of the highest levels of water development for irrigation in the Southern African region. However, most of its irrigation potential is not realized, owing to the lack of development of irrigation systems and inadequate maintenance of installed irrigation schemes. In the period 2000-2013, the country’s economy faced serious challenges. During this time, development funding dried up, and inflation eroded farmers’ savings and undermined agricultural production and productivity. Only 50 percent of the schemes were fully functioning, and most of those that were operational had poor viability. Against this background, fully functional irrigation systems, adequate water, good access to markets, diverse and intense production, good group dynamics and organization were identified as the critical success factors for smallholder irrigation schemes. The project focused on enhancing incomes and food and nutrition security, through the rehabilitation and commercialization of 14 irrigation schemes in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe.
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    Increasing Food, Nutrition and Income Security at Household and National Levels for Smallholders in Zimbabwe - GCP/ZIM/022/EC 2019
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    Although the smallholder sector holds the majority of the national livestock population, their contribution to national and household food and nutrition and income security has been low. This is largely the result of low productivity and low offtake caused by limitations in service delivery livestock extension, research, input supply, credit and marketing services. In response, the project aimed to support farmers in increasing household food, income and nutrition security through the commercialization of an integrated and sustainable smallholder livestock sector in Zimbabwe, with particular emphasis placed on the two districts of Lupaneand Nkayi in Matabeleland North Province for development of the livestock value chains.
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    Improving Productivity, Nutrition, and Income Security of Farmers on Food and Nutrition-Insecure Districts in Zimbabwe - GCP/ZIM/025/UK 2021
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    In Zimbabwe, approximately 70 percent of the population relies on subsistence rainfed agriculture for their livelihoods and food and nutrition security. The majority are smallholder farmers, tilling an average of one hectare of land or less per household. The high reliance on subsistence rainfed agriculture renders much of the rural population vulnerable to climate related shocks and seasonal stressors. According to vulnerability assessments, households have few sources of income other than agriculture, and spend more than half of their budget on food. The country’s already precarious food security and nutrition situation is further exacerbated by poorly functioning markets, low soil fertility, and farmers’ limited access to credit, knowledge and best practices. In order to address these challenges, the project aimed to promote improved and climate smart agricultural practices, increase access by smallholder farmers to rural finance, and stimulate the production and consumption of safe and nutritious food, among other key interventions.

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