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2014

Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Production for Increased Resilience and Economic Growth (INSPIRE)

Zimbabwe

Titre : Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Production for Increased Resilience and Economic Growth (INSPIRE)

Pays : Zimbabwe
Lieu : Makoni, Mutare and Mutasa, Manicaland

Date : December 2014 - January 2018

Contexte : 70% of Zimbabwe’s population depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. But smallholder farmers face low productivity for a number of reasons. These include drought, limited access to agricultural support services, insufficient quality inputs ; restricted access to markets, and lack of credit and financial services

Objectif : By introducing a selection of different crops, adapted to cope with lower rainfall, we will help smallholder farmers produce more food and improve nutrition for their families.

Présentation
The project will focus on providing agricultural extension and advisory services, increasing the demand, production and consumption of different nutritious foods, developing markets and community based micro finance.
Providing information on livestock health, fish farming and improved breeds will also help increase productivity and build stronger stock. Farmers are learning to use market systems in order to obtain better prices for their produce. And new agroecological techniques are helping them to adapt to the changing climate. By working together farmer groups have been able to exploit economies of scale and bargaining power when buying agricultural inputs. INSPIRE transforming lives
Since 2016, INSPIRE has helped more than 2,000 farmers to access loans worth more than US$ 800,000 through joint awareness meetings with Financial Service Providers and financial literacy trainings on financial literacy and income generating activities. More than 1,000 local saving and lending groups have been set up to help farmers to finance their investments. More than half the membership of these groups is female.
Agricultural innovations introduced by the project include : Fish farming Rearing indigenous chickens Contract farming Zai pit farming

Bénéficiaires : Makoni 29,388, Mutare 27,125, Mutasa 18,000

Partenaire (s) : UN Food and Agriculture Organization and Sustainable Agriculture Technology (SAT)

Financement : Principal funders : DFID — $1,574,585

Practical Action

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