Improving the livelihood options of vulnerable rural poor communities in semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe

Archive content: This project has been completed, and the information is retained here for archive purposes. Current project work in Southern Africa can be found here.

Started in 2006 this European Commission funded project, known as the EC Block Grant (BG), aims to improve the livelihood options of vulnerable rural poor communities in semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe through the achievement of the following:

  • Strengthening local food production systems of poor rural households in semi-arid areas of Chivi and Zvishavane Districts.
  • Strengthening the small livestock production and marketing practices among poor vulnerable households in Gwanda's Wards 13 and 18.
  • Strengthening the effectiveness of community based organisations in natural resource management in environmentally degraded communities in Changazi Save Catchment Area.
  • Strengthening the food and livelihood security of HIV and AIDS affected people in Chimanimani district.
  • Strengthening the production, processing and marketing capacity of smallholder irrigation farmers in semi-arid Nyanyadzi.
  • Improving livestock's health and product value of resource poor households in Lower Guruve District.

The project works through partnerships. An Inter-Institutional Planning and Monitoring team was formed. This comprised of senior management from partner organisations -Towards Sustainable Use of Resources Organisation (TSURO), Zvishavane Water Projects (ZWP), Environment Africa, Hlekweni, Family AIDS Counselling Trust (FACT), Lower Guruve Development Association (LGDA) and Practical Action.

Their key role is to improve the integrity and quality of the planning and management systems of the BG and ensure adherence to agreed standards. The team will also monitor the delivery approaches and results generated by the projects.

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