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USAID launches programs to improve food security, nutrition and sanitation in rural Zimbabwe

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMMES & PROJECTS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

16 October 2015 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Today the United States Agency for International Development Zimbabwe (USAID/Zimbabwe) will launch three new programs to reduce poverty and improve long-term food security through increased agricultural production and improved nutrition, sanitation, and hygiene. USAID/Zimbabwe will contribute more than $20 million over five years to these efforts, assisting farmers and their families in over 60,000 households across rural Zimbabwe.

151016-pmwj40-usaid-LOGO“Zimbabwe’s agricultural potential is vast,” said USAID/Zimbabwe Mission Director Stephanie Funk. “Achieving that potential is essential to poverty reduction, food security, overall health, and long-term prosperity and growth for millions of Zimbabweans.”

Two of the new programs are part of President Obama’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, one focused on livestock and the other on crops. Working through its partners Fintrac, Inc. and Linkages for the Economic Advancement for the Disadvantages (LEAD), USAID/Zimbabwe aims to commercialize smallholder farms by increasing production and productivity; increase farmer access to markets, finance, and credit facilities; and introduce new technologies and management practices.

The livestock program will work with 3,000 beef and 2,000 dairy smallholder producers, and the crops program will target 50,000 households growing staples and pulses on dry land and 7,500 households growing high-value crops on irrigation schemes. Both programs are expected to increase incomes, reduce rural poverty, and improve food security for families in Mashonaland East and West, Manicaland, Midlands, Masvingo, and Matabeleland North and South.

Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) will implement the Community Water, Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene and Natural Resources Management activities and complement USAID Zimbabwe’s food security programs. The program will provide 8,000 households and 20 schools with sustainable access to clean and safe drinking water sources, and 937 households and 20 schools with sustainable access to improved sanitation facilities. To achieve these objectives, DAPP will rehabilitate boreholes, dig new wells, and construct new latrines. It will also train rural households in improved nutrition, hygiene, and water and soil conservation practices.


 

For more than 30 years, the American people, through USAID, have invested over $2.6 billion in Zimbabwe. Current projects include initiatives to increase food security, support economic resilience, improve health systems and services, and advance a more democratic system of governance.

For additional information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Karen Kelley at [email protected] or Communications and Project Development Advisor, Allison DiVincenzo at [email protected]

Source: US Embassy in Zimbabwe

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