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Cimmyt- Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA)- Funded by Cimmyt

Cimmyt- Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA)- Funded by Cimmyt

These demonstrations are widespread throughout different locations and ecological climate zones...

WFP- Productive Asset Creation (PAC) (Funded by DFID)

WFP- Productive Asset Creation (PAC) (Funded by DFID)

SAT continued the existing partnership with GIZ who provided the complementary support to achieve...

Seeds & Markets Project – GRM (SAMP) –Swaziland

Seeds & Markets Project – GRM (SAMP) –Swaziland

From October 2010, GRM has been implementing a multi country smallholder agricultural development...

Zim-AIED – Funded by USAID

Zim-AIED – Funded by USAID

Zimbabwe Agricultural Incomes and Employment Development Programme (Zim-AIED)-Agribusiness Hub...

Zimbabwe Extension Support and Training (ZEST) - Funded by the EU

Zimbabwe Extension Support and Training (ZEST) - Funded by the EU

The specific aim of the Action is to develop and test methods and means to improve the quality...

  • Cimmyt- Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA)- Funded by Cimmyt

    Cimmyt- Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA)- Funded by Cimmyt

    Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:44
  • WFP- Productive Asset Creation (PAC) (Funded by DFID)

    WFP- Productive Asset Creation (PAC) (Funded by DFID)

    Saturday, 17 May 2014 20:04
  • Seeds & Markets Project – GRM (SAMP) –Swaziland

    Seeds & Markets Project – GRM (SAMP) –Swaziland

    Saturday, 17 May 2014 20:50
  • Zim-AIED – Funded by USAID

    Zim-AIED – Funded by USAID

    Saturday, 17 May 2014 21:03
  • Zimbabwe Extension Support and Training (ZEST) - Funded by the EU

    Zimbabwe Extension Support and Training (ZEST) - Funded by the EU

    Saturday, 17 May 2014 22:11

From October 2010, GRM has been implementing a multi country smallholder agricultural development project covering selected areas of Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Lesotho known as the Seed and Markets Project (SAMP), funded by Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). Emphasis of the project has been on strengthening local seed production and output markets in order to generate security of quality inputs as well as inject cash within the rural economy.

The sites include Malangeni at the Ngwempisi RDA and at the Lutheran Farmer Training Centre in Hhohho

The scope of work includes:

  • Establishment of demonstration plots, 2 per area, where the gamut of mechanized CA is showcased for different crops of cereals and legumes. The demonstration plots are being used as a field based ‘class room’ and point of learning for farmers. 
  • Drawing and implementing farmer training curriculum for the entire season.
  • Training of farmers in CA
  • Contract farming of satellite farmers

SAT continued the existing partnership with GIZ who provided the complementary support to achieve successful implementation of the PAC project. SAT has been jointly implementing a project with GIZ in Manicaland and Masvingo Provinces, including Bikita District building the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Agricultural Technical and Extension Services (Agritex) and Department of Veterinary Services, targeting very vulnerable households, according to the government’s ZIMVAC classification of household vulnerability, therefore including the chronically ill, with high level of dependents, female or elderly headed households who are food insecure and labour-constrained.  The PAC project has reached over 26,500 vulnerable households in Bikita District with the creation/rehabilitation of community assets over the past 2 years.

The pilot food for assets project funded by WFP in 2012 showed that this partnership between SAT and GIZ brings with it a wide range of benefits to the community. GIZ again committed to providing the non-food items (NFI’s) in 2013, required to achieve successful implementation of the PAC project, as well as technical expertise and guidance. This approach is in line with GIZ’s overall long-term strategy to build and develop the local capacity in Zimbabwe to ensure sustainable impact of all efforts to reduce food insecurity. The German Government through its Development-oriented Emergency and Transitional Aid (DETA), implemented by GIZ supports vulnerable populations in post-disaster or post-crisis situations all over the globe.

The project was community-needs driven, with the activities proposed being achievable within the short lifespan of the project (6 months). The project had short, medium and long-term positive impacts on the communities involved, where the immediate food-gap experienced by the targeted communities was addressed, and their skills and capacity to better manage, utilize and maintain the productive communal assets (in 2012 5 dip tanks, 5 water bodies, 1 gulley and in 2013 9 diptanks, 17 water bodies (weirs & dams) and 1 gulley) was developed, and their resilience to the environmental shocks was enhanced therefore contributing to their improved food security. 

 

These demonstrations are widespread throughout different locations and ecological climate zones within the project areas. Demonstrations focus on highlighting the best agricultural practices for increasing yields including time of planting, spacing, weeding practices, fertilizer levels and mulches. They also show and compare different crops suitable for the respective areas. In addition a number of trials have been conducted focusing on tillage (comparing conservation agriculture (CA) and conventional tillage) and different available varieties. Within these trials there has been a maize variety demonstration where different maize hybrids have been showcased to the farmers.

The selection of demonstration and farmers is of major importance with the main emphasis on visibility including being located within the project areas at easily accessible sites (e.g. along roads), but also in a farmer’s field, to see crop performance under field conditions. The sites are mainly used as a training tool where farmers carry out all the management operations with support and supervision from a SAT staff member, which they then can replicate in their respective fields. Through this a large number farmers are working and visiting the demonstration sites on a regular basis and are able to observe crop performances. 

The objectives of the trials, demos and field testing is

  • field testing of improved maize varieties
  • introduction and familiarisation to farmers of the new varieties
  • testing of performance in field conditions
  • testing market and marketing potential 
  • testing and introduction of improved management systems 
  • refinement of thresholds of growing season temperature and soil moisture availability to identify hot spots of vulnerability for DTM maize

10 low rainfall, high temperatures wards have been identified in; Bikita, Chiredzi, Chivi, Gokwe North, Gokwe South, Gutu, Masvingo and Zaka Districts (Zimbabwe agro ecological zones IV). Within each ward a demonstration of 10 varieties identified from previous studies by both SAT and CIMMYT has been sown. Five farmers per ward were chosen to grow two varieties each under their own management practices. Demonstrations are being run alongside SAT demonstrations and will allow farmers to see the performance of new DTMA varieties under different management conditions currently used by farmers.