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Zimbabwe: Increasing Climate Resilience Through Smallstock Development

Project Ref Number: 6924-A017

Active period and status: Project in implementation – inception phase completed and implementation underway with an end date of December 2017.

Objectives: The overarching objective of this project is to increase the climate resilience of smallholder communal goat farmers in Matabeleland North and South and to increase the GHG mitigation effects of their activities, through improved husbandry and marketing practices.
The Specific objectives of the project are to:

  • Improve the capacity of communal goat farmers in “climate smart” animal husbandry and marketing techniques;
  • Enhancing access to inputs and markets, for communal goat farmers, by supporting engagement of farmers with private sector and government;
  • Improve knowledge on improved “climate smart” goat husbandry in the region.

By formalizing the informal goat market and increasing access to market information (demand, quantities, qualities, sale day) and to private sector companies, farmers will be able to sell their goats at a better price, and more able to sell animals at the optimum age. This will have positive impacts on farmers’ livelihoods, as well as positive environmental impacts.

Gender Transformation:
This project focuses on increasing the uptake of CSA practices while particularly targeted women’s economic empowerment through the targeting of a ‘womens’ value chain.

Target Problem:
The smallholder communal Goat Value Chain (GVC) remains inefficient and ineffective in most areas of Zimbabwe. The majority of goat producing provinces are drought prone, arid and semi-arid areas of Matabeleland North and South. Most farmers’ rear goats at subsistence level for meat and to sell for quick cash to meet immediate household needs, including school fees, health bills and agricultural inputs. Goats are very adaptable to any type of harsh environment and better able – than cattle – to survive in drier areas.

Summary Approach:
This project provides technical assistance and grant support for the design, implementation and field testing of a small stock development project to support smallholder farmers’ adoption of CSA practices in semi-arid areas, including integration of improved breeds, management of natural resources, and livestock production systems, linked to off taker arrangements in Western Zimbabwe. The project will improve provision of animal farming extension services and of information on CSA practices and technologies to the smallholder farmers, via the private sector offtake companies, in order to enable improved production and husbandry in Matabeleland North and South provinces

Implementing partners: SNV and Wholesale Beef Pvt Ltd

Results / findings to date:
The project has completed its inception phase and recruitment of farmers. A total eight council and government veterinary department meetings have been completed. A total of 12 wards have been covered in community mobilization meetings leading to the recruitment of 1143 goat farmers (54% females) in two districts of Binga and Hwange. The first goat auction was conducted at which 306 goats were brought and only 176 were bought. This auction served as a baseline of the poor conditioning of the goats and the need for such a project to improve the goat conditioning and goats’ income potential for farmers in the area.