Potato farmer in market

The Zimbabwe Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP) is improving the food security and nutrition of smallholder farmers and rural communities in Zimbabwe. It aims to help 349,000 Zimbabweans by 2018.

LFSP works in eight districts, which were selected based on poverty levels, food insecurity, the prevalence of stunting and the potential for market development. Districts where other donor-funded programmes related to livelihoods and food security are being implemented were excluded.

LFSP is funded by the UK government.

Building fences

The challenge: poverty and lack of food security

Since 2000, Zimbabwe has experienced a long economic and social crisis which has left about one-third of the rural population vulnerable to food insecurity.

While the situation has been improving, disruptive land reforms, the deterioration of commercial farming, lack of investment in infrastructure and other factors have contributed to millions of smallholder farmers living in poverty and lacking food security.

How LFSP is helping

LFSP is tackling the root causes of food insecurity and poverty in rural areas. These causes are related to agricultural productivity, market access, and food security and consumption.

LFSP is:

  • Addressing low productivity
  • Improving nutrition
  • Widening farmers’ access to markets
Group of farmers


LFSP is partnering with local organisations to implement a variety of projects aimed at achieving LFSP’s goals.