Research from the programme will help us understand how to improve food security and how to reduce poverty among rural populations.

Our research is published on the website for everyone to access. You will also find external research about livelihoods and food security in Zimbabwe.

Baseline research produces important evidence for programme implementation (Coffey 2016)

Findings indicate that LFSP beneficiaries belong to widely varying socio-economic groups. Many farmers do not have the human or financial capacity to take on the risk necessary to increase investment and improve their agricultural productivity. As a result, LFSP activities should be tailored to the different sub-populations eligible in the programme.

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 Study on Rural Household Economic Behaviour and Decision-making Processes in Zimbabwe (FAO 2013)

This study helped facilitate the effective design of the Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition (APN) Component of the LFSP. It provides an in-depth understanding of targeted household economic decision making processes around scarce resources such as capital, labour, time, and land, as well as their existing livelihoods patterns in Zimbabwe.

Rural household economic behaviour and decision making processes


Study on Agricultural Markets in Zimbabwe (FAO 2013)

This research paper looks at how the Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition (APN) Component of the LFSP will facilitate the participation of targeted farmers in markets and identify the synergies with the Market Innovation Fund (MIF).

Agricultural markets in Zimbabwe


Study on Group Dynamics and Formation using the Political Economy Approach in Zimbabwe (FAO 2014)

This paper analyses group formation and operation in the rural Zimbabwean context and provides examples of achievements and challenges groups encounter.

Group dynamics and formation using the political economy approach


Study on Food-based Approaches for Nutrition and Enhancement in Zimbabwe (FAO 2013)

This study explores how the Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition (APN)Component of the LFSP will contribute to the acceleration of the government’s multi-sectoral collaborative efforts for addressing food and nutrition security from the central to community level.

Food based approaches for nutrition enhancement


Study on Environment and Social Management Framework in Zimbabwe (FAO 2014)

This study was carried out to ensure that LFSP’s APN Component is consistent with Zimbabwe’s Environment Impact Assessment requirements.

Environment and social management framework in Zimbabwe


Study on Climate-smart Agricultural Smallholder Production in Zimbabwe (FAO 2014)

This study explores the real and potential risks posed by climate change and increased seasonal climatic variability in Zimbabwe.

Climate smart agriculture small production in Zimbabwe


Strategy for the Agriculture Productivity and Nutrition Component of the LFSP (FAO 2014)

Strategy of how the LFSP-APN component will improve food, nutrition and income security among 72 600 target small holder households, by empowering the farmers through building resilient production systems and commercialization.

Agriculture Productivity and Nutrition (APN) Strategy


Study on the Status of Biofortification in Zimbabwe (FAO 2014)

This study was conducted to assess the present status and future potential of biofortification in Zimbabwe and makes recommendations of its relevance to the Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition (APN) component of the LFSP.

Status of biofortification in Zimbabwe