Smallholder Farmers supported by the India-UN Development Partnership Fund

The World Food Programme (WFP) has received small grains production inputs and training materials from India to help smallholder farmers in Mangwe and Chiredzi districts build resilience. 

In the Chiredzi and Mangwe districts, the India-UN Development Partnership Fund helps 5 200 smallholder farmers. 

Sorghum and African peas, as well as basal and top dressing fertilizers, will be delivered to 3 484 farmers in Mangwe and 2 602 farmers in Chiredzi. 

India has provided $1 million to the Chiredzi and Mangwe districts’ climate-resilient agriculture fund, which will help 6 000 farmers. 

Ms. Francesca Erderlmann, WFP representative and country director noted this year they have empowered smallholder farmers in rural regions to better prepare for climate-related disasters such as periodic droughts that affected 6 500 people in Chiredzi and Mangwe. 

Food insecurity has been a problem for smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe in recent years. The agricultural sector employs a large number of people in rural areas, mainly women. 

The Program assists these disadvantaged individuals at a critical juncture in their lives, when they are barely recovering from years of drought, uncertain weather patterns, and then the effects of Covid-19 and limited livelihood prospects. 

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has provided substantial expertise to smallholder farmers through the technical transfer of information to guarantee that better agricultural practices, such as post-harvest loss management, are followed. 

Agritex has been assisting farmers with training and skill development since the beginning of the programme.