Sustainable Agriculture Technology

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.