In Zimbabwe, climate change and climate variability have caused catastrophic events in recent years. The cyclical phenomenon El Nino, in particular, has greatly damaged the rural economy of the country, based on subsistence agriculture and linked to natural rainfall.
Water supply, already inadequate for domestic use, agriculture and farming, suffered of the long periods of drought, and small farmers risked to loose all their harvest.
With the project “Improving rural systems and promoting sustainable use of natural resources to strenghten resilience of local communities in Lupane”, supported by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, we aim at integrating other interventions in the District of Lupane, to contribute to the building of resilience, strenght and capacities for the communities, to better manage available resources and adapt to this traumatic emergency.
With the necessary support and with a better access to water supply, the small farmers and productors sector has the potential to raise the yield and to contribute to improve food security in the communities.
Our intervention aims at restoring the access to secure water supply and at working to improve agricultural systems and to promote a sustainable resource management.
Furthermore, we will work with the local Associations for Agricultural Development, to enhance their competences in the services supply and to support them for the development of sustainable and efficient long term business plans.