Sustainable Agriculture Technology

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The Wildlife in Livelihood Development (WILD) Programme, coordinated by Sustainable Agriculture Technology (SAT), is an EU funded initiative aimed at improving socio-economic and ecological resilience of land-use activities and livelihoods in semi-arid communal areas of Zimbabwe through incorporation of robust wildlife-based land-use enterprise into the mainstream of communal economies. 

The  Communal  Areas  Management Programme  For  Indigenous  Resources (CAMPFIRE),  initiated  in  Zimbabwe  in  the 1980’s  as  a  world  leader  in sustainable Community  Based  Natural  Resource Management  and  Utilisation  (CBNRMU),currently  encompasses  some  square 50,000km– roughly equal in extent  to the National Parks and  Wildlife  Estate  –  and,  as  such,  is  of  vital importance  to  promotion  of  wildlife  and ecosystem  conservation,  wildlife-based  land use  and  tourism  -  so  contributing  to  socioeconomic  and  ecological  resilience  and sustainable  development  in  Zimbabwe. 

In an exciting new phase of CBNRMU evolution and development, the WILD Programme seeks to  pilot  sustainable  alternative  models  to empower communities to  participate  more centrally  in,  and  benefit  from,  CBNRMU enterprises  and  opportunities  appropriate  to semi-arid regions of the country.

 

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Zimbabwe Agricultural Incomes and Employment Development Programme (Zim-AIED)-Agribusiness Hub Development Program funded by USAID, implemented by Fintrac Inc through SAT.

Geographic Area Undertaken: Natural farming regions II-IV

Mashonaland Central Province

  • Guruve district
  • Mazowe district

Mashonaland East Province

  • Goromonzi district
  • Murehwa district

Mashonaland West Province

  • Hurungwe district

Midlands Province

  • Gokwe North district
  • Gokwe South district

Masvingo Province

  • Gutu district
 

Description

The objective of the program is to increase incomes and food security of rural households. During a two year period the program has established a total of 50 Agri-business hubs to promote smallholder commercialization and bring together farmers, buyers, MAMID staff, input suppliers and other stakeholders. Each of the hubs  comprises  a  central  site  for  training  on Good Agricultural Practices and  field  days,  including  a demonstration site, managed by an extension worker. The Agri-business Hub central site is used for promoting trade and access to input and output markets in cooperation with input suppliers. Observation and evaluation trials are carried out to demonstrate suitable varieties, fertilizers and agro-chemicals best suited to the local conditions. Input suppliers (both manufactures and retailers) are regularly invited to participate in the management of these sites by providing and receiving advice on correct use of fertilizers, agrichemicals and farming equipment as well as promoting and selling their products.

There are also at least 15 lead farmer demonstration sites around the main learning centre where inputs are supplied on a cost recovery basis. These are established and managed under Good Agricultural Practices. Each of the farmers attends trainings at the central site then trains and offers technical assistance to at least 5 other farmers around his/her demonstration plot. SAT also provides extension and training support for private companies involved in food crop contract farming through its resident extension workers.

All training and outreach activities follow practices designed to maximize the participation of women and young people. All sites comply  with  Chapter  22  of  the  Code  of  Federal  Regulations,  part  216  and  USAID’s mission  to  create  “sustainable  development”. The terms and conditions of Zim-AIED’s Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan and PERSUAP are followed at all times.

 

Key Beneficiaries : Small scale communal farmers

 

Duration: 1 October 2012 – 30 September 2014 (2 years)

 

Key Result Areas

  • Establishment of a total of 50 high quality business centres for commercialization of food crops (Agribusiness hubs) on communal lands across the country.
  • Establishment of at least 576 lead farmer demonstration sites for food crops most appropriate to each location.
  • Provision of a fixed package of training on GAPs to at least 2, 700 well vetted farmers.
  • Training of at least 35,000 farmers in crop production, marketing and relevant business practices.
  • Adoption of new technologies or practices by at least 30, 000 farmers. 
  • Provision of contract farming agreements for at least 15% of the beneficiaries.
  • Development of new markets and market linkages.  
  • Increase average yields by at least 30%.  
  • Increase average income and gross margins by 30%. 
  • To increase area under production around demo sites by at least 30%. 
  • Increase beneficiary household incomes by at least 30% on average. 
  • Increase total production of food crops in target areas by at at least 30%.

 

The specific aim of the Action is to develop and test methods and means to improve the quality of and farmer access to agricultural extension services for field crops, livestock, horticulture and management of selected related natural resources in Natural Region (NR) IV of Zimbabwe. This is expected to increase and sustain profitable smallholder agriculture. The Action will contribute to the goal of improving and sustaining food, nutrition and income security and overall rural development through four specific objectives as follows:

  1. Promote the development and implementation of a needs-based farmer driven effective extension service system with multiple players for smallholder farming households in NR IV of Zimbabwe.
  2. Re-vitalize, adapt and improve delivery of public extension and integrate private extension services to a changing context and smallholder farmer needs. 
  3. Enable smallholder farmers to increase and improve farm input/resource-output efficiency through improved extension services. At least 50% of the supported households (approx. 60,000) have increased their quantities produced and/or value by 20% until 12/2015 through improved extension services (irrigation systems, cultivation cyclesLivestock mortality in 50% of households with livestock has decreased by 10% until 12/2015. (
  4. Initiate roll out of Action best smallholder extension approaches, methods and practices into other areas beyond the Action districts.

The Action objectives shall be achieved through four Outcomes (Expected Results) and eight Outputs are envisaged. These outputs and their quantified main indicators are as follow:

Outcome 1: An effective extension system which is demand driven, needs-based, and integrates both public and private sectors is developed and tested for smallholder farmers in Chivi, Masvingo, Gutu and Centenary districts in NR IV of Zimbabwe

Output 1.1: Innovative farmer and farming system driven extension approaches, models and practices identified for an improved extension system

Output 1.2: Innovative approaches, methods and practices for delivering farmer needs-based market oriented extension for field crops, livestock, and horticulture involving public and public/private partnerships are tested for suitability and impacts

Outcome 2: Strengthened and more effective public sector extension service delivery in the Action districts

Output 2.1: Existing frontline public extension agents are better trained, prepared and motivated and have increased contact with and impact on farmers and farmer groups

Output 2.2: Future extension agents have adequate knowledge and skills to address the diverse and changing needs of farmers in different agro-ecological zones before starting professional work

Outcome 3: Smallholder farmers are more effective in accessing, utilizing and influencing extension services and messages for increased and sustained productivity

Output 3.1: Methodology of setting up and sustaining a system of decentralized smallholder farmers groups is developed and implemented for the selected districts

Output 3.2: Members from farmers groups increase and improve farm productivity and conservation of natural resources through increased use of extension and other services from the public and private sectors

Outcome 4: Best extension models and practices, and promising options for private sector involvement in smallholder extension services are shared with other similar programs and with the public and private sector

Output 4.1: Syntheses on best extension approaches, mechanisms, practices and institutional arrangements are made available

Output 4.2: Promising and tested models and practices on provision and delivery of demand driven extension are shared with government and the private sector for national scaling consideration

Location

The Action will be carried out with rural smallholder farming households in four districts of Zimbabwe namely Chivi, Gutu and Masvingo in Masvingo Province and Centenary in Mashonaland Central Province.

Duration: The project shall be carried out from 1 February 2013 to 31 January 2016.

 

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