Zimbabwe was once the breadbasket of Southern Africa. However for many years now agriculture in the country has been aid-dependent. ICRISAT together with many development partners and Zimbabwean national research institutes is studying new approaches for a smooth transition to development, as well as preparing farmers to adapt to new challenges such as a warmer climate and rigorous food standards.

1.4 million - Number of people who received food aid in 2012 in 37 districts of Zimbabwe (7 million in 2009 –source: WFP)

30% - Zimbabwe's agricultural production from 2000 to 2008

75 to 90% - Percentage of land in Zimbabwe that does not receive any fertilizer [EIARD conservation agriculture case study

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