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Farming for Food Security in Zimbabwe .

Agriculture and Food Security | Enabling Environment for Agriculture

Feed the Future Zimbabwe Fostering Agribusiness for Resilient Markets Activity

Project Dates: July 2020 - June 2025
Food security in Zimbabwe depends on an investment in farming households.

Colloquially named “the breadbasket of Africa,” Zimbabwe is endowed with agricultural lands hospitable to a wide range of crops and livestock. However, counterproductive agricultural policies and practices, a lack of access to affordable resources — such as fertilizer and feed — and water scarcity have hindered agricultural productivity. Food insecurity is now high, and Zimbabweans in both rural and urban areas suffer from malnutrition and poor dietary diversity.

The Feed the Future Zimbabwe Fostering Agribusiness for Resilient Markets (FARM) Activity, funded by USAID, helps increase the incomes of 20,000 smallholder farmers in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces. The activity takes a “whole-farm” approach that invests deeply in households’ and communities’ livelihoods while ensuring that livestock and crops provide high financial and nutritional value. FARM builds on Feed the Future efforts in Zimbabwe to scale up and integrate farming as a family business, improve household and community nutrition, and spur private sector engagement. As farming households increase their assets, they better equip themselves to adapt and respond to climate, economic, and other shocks. By investing in households and communities, the activity improves incomes, nutrition, and livelihoods, expanding inclusive and sustainable economic opportunities.

Project Goals

  • Enhance agricultural productivity and profitability
  • Strengthen market systems through capacity building in public and private sectors, smallholder farmer participation, and market access
  • Enable access to finance, including increasing financial inclusion, literacy, and entrepreneurship
  • Diversify and improve household diets by encouraging the sustainable adoption and use of nutritious and varied food products
  • Improve water, sanitation, and hygiene practices