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NEGOTIATING CHALLENGES TO INCLUSIVE AGRIBUSINESS: How improving smallholders’ access to inputs is strengthening agricultural value chains

Last mile distribution

The £47,635,000 Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP), which is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), seeks to improve smallholder livelihoods and strengthen agribusinesses so that they can better implement inclusive business models. With many Zimbabweans involved in smallholder agriculture, they have the potential to help transform the country’s economic prospects.

LFSP therefore aspires to nurture value chains that offer climate resilience, pro-poor returns and which have sound market demand. It does so by co-creating and trailing inclusive business models with smallholders, agribusinesses and other market actors that offer promise of social and economic returns.

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NURTURING ANIMALS AND CAPABILITIES: How Livestock Rearing Is Supporting Livelihoods and Feeding the Minds and Stomachs of the Young and Old

Diversified diets and business strategies The UK’s Department for International Development’s (DFID) Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP) in Zimbabwe is working with partners along agricultural value chains to improve livelihoods and food security while boosting agribusiness. The £47,635,000 initiative works with farmers, businesses and other market actors to ensure that households and communities are better able to exploit viable opportunities.

Though farming continues to be subject to fluctuations and shocks, by improving information flows and through labour saving measures, productivity can increase to reduce food insecurity and build community resilience. In addition, training opportunities and group farming expose smallholders to a greater variety of produce and commercial links.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Last Mile Input Supply Model

 

The LFSP Markets Development component is co-creating and scaling up viable business models that address the problems faced by both agribusinesses and smallholder farmers, while creating benefits for all parties.

The programme is enhancing timely access to affordable and quality inputs by bringing sales outlets closer to smallholder farmers.

LFSP has developed an infographic providing details on the implementation of the Last Mile Input Supply Model.

Download the infographic Here. (PDF)

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MIDLINE EVALUATION BRIEF: A lessons-learned brief from the Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP)

Coffey International, the Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation (MR&E) service provider for the LFSP, completed a Midline evaluation in 2017 to assess the impact and effectiveness of the programme.

This Midline evaluation brief highlights the patterns of impact and changes across LFSP components and thematic areas: The Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition (APN) and the Markets Development (MD) components and another thematic focus area of Rural Finance (RF).

The findings that inform this brief were drawn largely from primary sources that included a survey of more than 1,800 farming households in LFSP districts.

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Infographic: Markets Development support to the coffee value chain

Zimbabwe’s coffee is regarded highly and fetches a high premium on the global market. However, production has been on the decline due to a number of constraints.

LFSP’s Markets Development component seeks to revitalise coffee production in Zimbabwe through improving access to agricultural inputs, post-harvest processing and access to export markets.

LFSP has developed an infographic providing insights into the coffee value chain in Zimbabwe.

Download the Coffee Value Chain Infographic Here. (PDF)

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Infographic: Markets Development support to the goats value chain

Goats are a critical value chain supported under the LFSP’s Markets Development component. Improving goat production provides a basis for agribusiness development in rural communities, helping transform the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

The LFSP’s Markets Development interventions are assisting farmers to improve goat production and access to markets as the farmers shift from subsistence goat farming into commercialised enterprises.

LFSP has developed an infographic providing insights into the goat value chain in Zimbabwe.

Download the Goats Value Chain Infographic Here. (PDF)