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Zimbabwe - Africa

Improving Agri Value Chains

By establishing warehouses for crop storage and introducing innovative loan & credit schemes - this project helps improve food security among poor small-scale farmers

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Agriculture & Food production
Project
Improving Agri Value Chains
Location
Zimbabwe Africa
Budget
DKK 4,101,400
Type
Grant
Partner
DanChurchAid
Period
Jul 2014 Ongoing

Together with DanChurchAid this project aims to support and strengthen the agricultural production and income security among small scale farmers in rural Zimbabwe.

Agricultural disaster
Zimbabwe has experienced a dramatic decline in agricultural production leading to several food shortages over the past 10-15 years.  Very often, it is small scale farmers suffer the most when the rain fails or the crops grow bad

This project aims to contribute to an 80% increase in food and income security among vulnerable farmers in Mt. Darwin, Muzarabani, Binga and Lupane.

Warehouses & cattle banking
The intervention will improve farmers’ income through greater access to markets and by establishing warehouses where they can store their produce until the prices are more favorable. 

Lastly, the project will introduce an innovative credit system called ‘cattle banking’, which allows farmers to obtain loans by depositing their cattle.

The loans will help them purchase new inputs to improve or scale their agricultural production.

THis PROJECT WILL

  • Establish warehouses where farmers’ produce can be stocked as collateral in return for 'loans'
  • Provide storage facilities that allows farmers to store produce until it can be sold at a higher price 
  • Introduce 'cattle branding' as collateral” so farmers can obtain a loan for farm inputs, tools, seeds etc.
  • Help secure contract farming opportunities for small-holder farmers at large scale market-oriented farmers
  • Launch market information services to facilitate sales and marketing through mobile technology

 KEY RESULTS  - ONGOING

  • Local Ward Farmers’ Associations are in the process of being established
  • 200 selected farmers received drought resistant seeds for demonstration purposes
  • Building sites for warehouses and storage facilities have been identified
  • Sites for the construction of marketing stalls where farmers can sell products have been identified.
  • TN Livestock Trust has helped the first farmers transport their cattle for ‘banking’ at TN’s premises

Zimbabwe - Africa

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers.

It borders South Africa to the south, Botswana to the west, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east.

There are roughly 14 million people in Zimbabwe and even if it's ethnically diverse and has 16 official languages, English, Shona and Ndebele are the most commonly used. 

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