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

Promoting Sustainable Goat Businesses

Bobster 558 Meats is promoting sustainable goat businesses under the LFSP in the district of Mt. Darwin. The project has two main objectives. Firstly, it is creating an enabling environment for smallholder farmers to engage in the goat business through a nucleus estate model. Secondly, it is promoting the company’s productivity and profitability through smallholder based production and marketing models.

Helping farmers operate profitable livestock production businesses

Cooper Zimbabwe (1992) Private Limited and two consortia partners Makera Cattle Company and MC Meats are helping smallholder farming communities in Mt. Darwin, Mutare, Kwekwe and Shurugwi districts to increase their incomes from profitable livestock production. The project which is operating from March 2016 to February 2017 has the objectives of improving livestock input supply mechanisms, improve farmer knowledge of modern livestock production methods, increase farmer incomes and improve cattle and goat breeds.

Commercialisation of Smallholder Seed Production

Zimbabwe Super Seeds (ZSS) co-operative company is commercializing small holder seed production. Working in Mutasa and Makoni districts, ZSS activities will benefit 500 small holder farmers in contract farming of groundnut, maize and sugar bean seed production. To empower these farmers to become self sufficient, ZSS will provide foundation seed, seed agronomy, handling and management training. In addition, the beneficiaries will receive seed certification standards training and agriculture extension management.

Better technical support to farmers

ENTERPRIZE (Ensuring Nutrition, Transforming and Empowering Rural Farmers and Promoting Resilience in Zimbabwe) is a consortium led by World Vision that works with smallerholder farmers to increase their access to technical support. ENTERPRIZE operates in Mt.Darwin and Guruve.

For further information contact Caroline Chaumba, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, World Vision International, +263 (4) 301715 / 301709 / 369027/8

Promoting Goat Farming as a Business

Michview Enterprises is promoting sustainable farming of goats as a business in Mutare, Makoni, Kwekwe, Shurugwi, Gokwe South and Mt. Darwin districts. The objective of the project which runs from March 2016 to February 2017 is to provide a sustainable link between smallholder farmers and lucrative goat meat markets both nationally and internationally.

Improving production through agri-business hubs

Sondelani Ranching is establishing agri-business hubs for chicken, contract farming in horticulture in the districts of Guruve, Mt. Darwin, Makoni, Mutasa, Mutare, Kwekwe and Gokwe South. The Project is running from January 2016 to February 2017 with the objective of providing farmers with holistic services including input markets, logistic support, training and output markets.

Bulking centre to generate opportunities for baobab harvesters

Bayoba is a leading producer of baobab products in partnership with rural producer communities. Working in Mt. Darwin, Bayoba will establish a bulking centre to generate new opportunities for baobab harvesters who will be linked to commercial markets.

For further information, contact Daniel Matimba, Palladium’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Manager, +263 4 290 6821 or daniel.matimba@thepalladiumgroup.com

Commercial livestock production and marketing

Molus Meats is promoting commercial livestock production and marketing for smallholder farmers through contract farming arrangements in Mutare, Mutasa and Makoni districts. Their aim is to increase production levels for an estimated 3000 contracted broiler chicken smallholder farmers operating both as individual farmers and in groups. The project’s group strategy seeks to scale up production through assessing group performance from the initial 500 birds that will be given out per group.

Developing market clusters for smallholders

GOAL and Farm Shop works to develop market clusters for local smallholders. Agro-dealers are given the opportunity to market agricultural products will receive consignment stocks, logistical support coupled with advisory services and training in storage, product knowledge, credit rating, inputs stock management and ICT systems.

For further information, contact Daniel Matimba, Palladium’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Manager, +263 4 290 6821 or daniel.matimba@thepalladiumgroup.com

Developing the local fish inputs market

Aquafeeds has been engaged with Aquaculture Zimbabwe to work with 200 small scale farmers in all the eight project districts to initiate the development of local fish inputs market involving feed and fingerlings. It provides trainings for agro-dealers, local stakeholders, market products to farmers and promote information sharing between suppliers and farmers along the aquaculture value chain.

For further information, contact Daniel Matimba, Palladium’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Manager, +263 4 290 6821 or daniel.matimba@thepalladiumgroup.com

Duplicating rural agro-dealer agency project

Farm Shop is looking at duplicating the rural agro-dealer agency project started in Makoni district under the LFSP, where it is managing to revitalise the agro-dealer model by establishing a network of rural agro-dealer agents who they contract and provide stock on consignment covering a wide range of agricultural inputs for both crop and livestock production. Through this Farm Shop Agency Network, participating retailers will enjoy the benefits that come along with selling inputs, including training on podcasts, branding and marketing.

Establishing a horticulture auction floor system

Help (from Germany) in coordination with Farmers Intersection are establishing and implementing a horticulture auction floor system, enabling smallholder farmers to reach a larger buyer base. At Mutasa Auction Floor, the bidding takes place over the internet to allow buyers to participate in auctions anywhere without being physically present, allowing more buyers to participate.

For further information, contact Daniel Matimba, Palladium’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Manager, +263 4 290 6821 or daniel.matimba@thepalladiumgroup.com

Improving productivity, access to markets and nutrition

INSPIRE is a consortium of implementing partners led by GOAL Zimbabwe. Its aims are to improve agriculture productivity, access to markets and nutrition. INSPIRE operates in Makoni, Mutare and Mutasa districts.

For further information contact Dereck Moyo, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager, GOAL Zimbabwe, +263 4 332856 / 336831

Launch of local honey brand

Westale is set to launch a commercially sustainable brand of the best quality locally produced honey for domestic and regional markets. Working alongside Windward Commodities, the partnership will create intellectual property and brands for commodity producers and invest in the development of a world-class brand for Zimbabwean honey.

Westale has engaged Thornwood Trading who bring along their vast field experience to cover training, and project development to partner as Supply Chain Management Partner. They will establish the quality and quantity standards for honey to support Westale Trading, and enable a contract farming approach in the honey production value chain.

Linking major buying agent to production centres

Paperhole Investments will be working with 1200 households in five LFSP districts as a buying agent for grains for the Innscor Group of Companies. It will link the largest formal buyer of agricultural commodities in Zimbabwe directly to the proposed production centres in the selected districts. It will establish agri-hubs offering a wide range of services – grain and oilseed buying, inputs supply and other services.

For further information, contact Daniel Matimba, Palladium’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Manager, +263 4 290 6821 or daniel.matimba@thepalladiumgroup.com

Maximising benefits of grain

Peak Trading is working with smallholder farmers to minimize losses and maximize benefits from their grain (maize, sugar beans and soya) in Guruve district. The company is buying grain at the smallholder farm gate using their ‘mobile grain buying model’, and promotes the Hermetic Silo technology to preserve farmers’ grain for the benefit of both the farmers and the company. The company’s Silo project is a post harvest technology used to preserve the quality of grain from the farmers.

For further information, contact Daniel Matimba, Palladium’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Manager, +263 4 290 6821 or daniel.matimba@thepalladiumgroup.com

Mobile platform connects farmers and buyers

Mercy Corps and Econet are supporting farmers’ interaction with buyers. By providing a mechanism for direct contact, the mobile phone based Bids and Offers platform gives smallholder farmers a chance to become visible to buyers and for buyers to easily source quality supplies.

For further information, contact Daniel Matimba, Palladium’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Manager, +263 4 290 6821 or daniel.matimba@thepalladiumgroup.com

New bio-fortified crop demonstration and taste testing programme

GOAL and Welthugerhilfe will implement a bio-fortified crop demonstration and taste testing programme in Makoni district. The successful implementation of this project will inform the development of similar programmes in other districts.

For further information, contact Daniel Matimba, Palladium’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Manager, +263 4 290 6821 or daniel.matimba@thepalladiumgroup.com

Promoting sesame as new cash crop

IETC is promoting sesame as a new alternative cash crop and enhancement of the soya value chain for at least 2000 smallholder farmers in Gokwe South, Guruve and Mt Darwin districts. IETC is promoting contract farming and mechanization to help improve the incomes of smallholder farmers through promoting their participation in the sesame value chain. IETC is expected to engage 1200 farmers in demo sesame plots and achieve an estimated yield of 655kg/hectare and 1.5 MT/hectare of soya for small holder dryland production.

For further information, contact Daniel Matimba, Palladium’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Manager, +263 4 290 6821 or daniel.matimba@thepalladiumgroup.com

Savings, loans and links to markets

EXTRA (Extension and Training for Rural Agriculture) is a consortium by Welthungerhilfe (WHH). It supports farmers through Internal Savings and Loans (ISALs) and through supporting the links between farmer and market. EXTRA operates in Kwekwe, Gokwe South and Shurugwi districts.

For further information contact Jack Jackson, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Welthunderhilfe, +263 4 795768 or +263 712766485