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Resilient Agro-Ecological Enterprises and Ecosystem Management Project


Titre : Resilient Agro-Ecological Enterprises and Ecosystem Management Project

Pays : Zimbabwe

Numéro projet : ZIM/SGP/OP6/Y3/CORE/CC/17/02

Domaine : Climate Change Mitigation

Durée : 11/2017 --- 12/2019

Bénéficiaire : Vambai Green Enterprises

The project aims to increase community resilience to climate change, self sufficiency in food, water and income through agro-ecological models in dairy enterprises and ecosystems management (Annex 1), dry land small grain enterprise (Annex 2) and small livestock production. It will be implemented in Faquar 1 village by Vambai Green Enterprises Cooperative in Shurugwi District and assist a total population of 182 people from 42 households. Key challenges to be addressed include climate change induced droughts, poor access to clean water sources, crop failure, food insecurity, crop pests and animal diseases that have stagnated the economic growth of agro-enterprises in the areas. Overgrazing and monoculture existing in rangelands and dry land farms respectively has resulted in both poor ecosystems management and degradation of the agro-ecosystems, therefore threatening community food sovereignty .

Community participation, building local extension services, ecosystems management and community based Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCOs) will be key sustainability strategies for the success of the dairy enterprise, indigenous Boschveld Chickens and small grains production and marketing. All these planned interventions and approaches feed into the success of ZIMASSET’s Food security and nutrition cluster, focusing on crop production and marketing outcome and production of drought resistant high yielding and heat tolerant crop varieties and animal species. The project also support the food security and nutrition cluster through the proposed livestock drought mitigation programs. There is also a strong focus on ZIMASSET’s infrastructure and utilities cluster through the development of water supply and sanitation infrastructure for rural communities. The Value addition and beneficiation cluster is also supported by the project through the proposed agro-processing and the implementation of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) for value chain financing mechanisms. Sustainable Development Goals Especially No poverty (1), Zero hunger (2), Clean water and sanitation (6), Climate action (13) and life on land (15) will be furthered through various interlinked project interventions and these help local communities make significant progress in sustainable development. The project also feeds into the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Strategy’s adaptive, absorptive and transformative capacities of communities in the face of external shocks. The Agricultural Mechanization and Irrigation Policy’s resilience and infrastructure areas will be supported to enable communities achieve resilience through implementing key principles of agro-ecology including polycultures.

Grant Amount (GEF) : US$ 50,000.00
Co-Finanshing Cash : US$ 8,000.00
Co-Finanshing in-Kind : US$ 34,000.00

GEF Small Grants Programme

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