Sustainable Agriculture Technology

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%.