Sustainable livelihoods

Sustainable Livelihoods

Sustainable Livelihoods and food security

The Sustainable Livelihoods and Food Security interventions support increased production and productivity of livestock, food and cash crops and agricultural and none agricultural based income generation by both dry land and irrigation scheme farmers. Interventions range from Crop Input support, Seed multiplication, household and community gardens, small livestock support, extension, training, extension, Internal Savings and Lending Schemes (ISALs) marketing and value addition and nutrition main streaming.

Current projects

1. Promoting Smallholder Market Engagement Project that covers 11 irrigation schemes in Manicaland province of Zimbabwe is funded by Big Lottery Fund. FCTZ and Zambuko Trust are the implementing partners with Practical Action being the management agency.

Project Outcomes

  1. Men and women farmers are better able to manage their shared resources and act collectively in improving their livelihoods.

  2. The livelihoods of 7,490 men and women farmers are strengthened and incomes increased through improved participation and engagement in agriculture and horticulture markets.

  3. The business capacity of men and women farmers is enhanced through skills development and access to credit enabling them to operate their farms more profitably.

  4. Horticulture and agriculture farmers in Manicaland are able to access high quality, relevant and timely extension and market engagement advice for a wider range of crops from district and provincial extension services and private sector providers.

2. Climate Resilient Agriculture: transforming the livelihoods of poor women, men and children in marginalised rural areas of Hurungwe district, Zimbabwe.

This project aims to achieve improved food and livelihoods security for poor women, men and children from hazard-prone or marginalised rural communities in Hurungwe district of Mashonaland West province in Zimbabwe through an integrated approach that: increases the productivity and resilience of agricultural systems; strengthens engagement in markets and diversified income generation; strengthens adaptation to climate change; and increases the ability of local, pro-poor farm and producer groups to access services and influence development practices. The project 36 months project (July 2015 to June 2018) is being funded by CAFOD and UKaid.

Project outputs

  1. Small-holder farmer households are using sustainable and agro-ecological practices

  2. Small holder farmer households engaging in local markets

  3. Communities have increased capacity to manage risks

  4. Learning and best practice captured and used to inform and influence climate resilient  development policy and practices