INSPIRE

THE IMPROVED NUTRITION AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION FOR INCREASED RESILIENCE AND ECONOMIC GROWTH (INSPIRE)

Consortium Members: Practical Action (LEAD), ICRISAT, SAT

IMPLEMENTING DISTRICTS

Mutasa

Agro-ecological Zone: Mutasa District is classified into 4 agro-ecological regions, that is; Regions I, IIB, III and IV. The districts’ annual rainfall ranges between 450mm and 1000mm. Agriculture in Mutasa centres on crop production (maize, horticulture, vegetables, beans, sweet potatoes, yams and fruits). Vegetables and fruits serve as major cash crops.

Hazards: Mutasa is prone to hazards such as frost (in winter) and also livestock dis-eases due to ticks and internal parasites. Erratic weather such as drought and excessive rains is increasingly becoming frequent.

Livelihoods and Food Security: Agriculture is the primary source of income. Households also derive income from selling vegetables and fruits which are sold all year round. Food insecurity stands at 52.3%. Stunting in the district stands at 31.5%.

Makoni

Agro-ecological Zone: Makoni District is classified into 4 agro-ecological regions, that is; Regions I, IIB, III and IV. Annual rainfall ranges from 450mm to 1000mm. Agriculture in Makoni centres on crop production (maize, tobacco, groundnuts, sorghum) and livestock production (beef) with horticulture usually practised under irrigation.

Hazards: Makoni is prone to hazards that impact on livelihoods and agriculture production. These include increasingly erratic rainfall, crop and livestock pests and diseases.

Livelihoods and Food Security: Crop and livestock production is the most dominant source of livelihood, followed by casual labour. Food insecurity stands at 47.2%. Stunting in the district has decreased from 38.7 in 2010 to 32.4 in 2018.

Mutare Rural

Agro-ecological Zone: Mutare District is classified into 3 agro-ecological regions, that is; Regions 3, IV & V. Annual rainfall ranges from 450mm to 800mm. Agriculture in Mutare centres on crop production (maize, millet, sorghum, cowpeas, Bambara nuts and sunflower) and livestock production (beef and goats). Horticulture is practised under irrigation.

Hazards: Mutare is prone to hazards that impact on livelihoods and agriculture production. These include increasingly erratic rainfall, crop and livestock pests and diseases.

Livelihood and Food Security: The primary sources of income are, crop production, livestock sales. Additional income activities also include, petty trading, casual labour, sale of firewood and different forms of self-employment. Food insecurity stands at 47.4%. Stunting in the district stands at 30.5%.