Zimbabwe Livelihoods and Food Security Programme


The Zimbabwe Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP) contributes to poverty reduction amongst 200,000 rural farming households through improved food and nutrition security.

The Programme seek to achieve this by:

  •  Improving agricultural productivity
  • Increasing consumption of diverse and nutritious foods
  • Improving and diversifying incomes


The program consists of the following components:

  • Extension and Advisory Services
  • Rural Finance
  • Nutrition and Biofortification
  • Market Development
  • Policy and Knowledge Management

Specifically LFSP:

  • Builds farmer knowledge and skills through a pluralistic extension approach involving public, private and NGO service providers, research and tertiary institutions, and local communities.
  • Facilitates development of relevant and inclusive financial products by financial institutions to serve smallholder farmers.
  • Promotes the production and consumption of nutritious foods
  • Link smallholder farmers to profitable commercial markets
  • Promotes business models that enable gender and social equity in markets.
  • Promotes entrepreneurship for growth in local economies.


The LFSP is being implemented in four provinces covering 10 districts as follows: Mutasa, Mutare, and Makoni in Manicaland province, Guruve, Bindura and Mt Darwin in Mashonaland Central province and Kwekwe, Gokwe North, Gokwe South and Shurugwi in Midlands province. Mazowe and Zvimba districts in Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland West provinces are being reached with the biofortification component only.


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