Promising Preliminary Results in Zimbabwe 

After only one year of implementing the FARM Activity in Zimbabwe, Chemonics’ Whole-Farm approach has delivered promising results. The Activity’s 2021 Annual Household Survey (AHS) used a household Shock and Stress Resilience Index as a proxy for actual resilience, which is associated with positive behaviors to cope with shocks and stresses. The index is measured on a scale ranging from 2 to 6, where a higher score means greater resilience. Household responses collected during the AHS at the end of the first year of implementation (2021) indicated an overall stress index score of 4.9, compared to a baseline score of 3.7 recorded in 2020.  

Even though further analysis is necessary as the Activity progresses, these promising preliminary results suggest the effectiveness of the Whole-Farm approach in creating household-centric strategies and market systems interventions that lead to improved resilience at the household level. Improved household business management can lead to improved income, household food security, implementation of climate adaptation strategies, and greater empowerment of women and youth. All these factors contribute to building household resilience to economic, climatic, environmental, and political shocks. 

 Banner image caption: Farmers participating in a maize and legume planting demonstration at a farmer field school at Gudo irrigation scheme, Chiredzi district, Zimbabwe. The photo was taken by the USAID FARM Activity.

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