Duration: 10/Dec/2010 - 31/Dec/2011
Locations: Eastern and Southern Africa / Zimbabwe
Donor: Other international or regional organization,European Commission (EC)-Belgium,International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-Italy
This project aims to increase food security and incomes for small-scale farmers by commercializing the livestock sector through the creation of efficient market systems. Smallholder farmers in Matabeleland South are the target group. Since the overwhelming majority of households own goats the project ensures that the poorer sectors of the population benefit. A focus on goats ensures that the project benefits women farmers and vulnerable groups such as child-headed households. Food security at the household level can be improved in these areas if the high rates of goat mortalities can be curbed and farmers are able to sell these animals at well functioning markets for good prices. While goat keepers are the main target group, other beneficiaries include the value chain (VC) players (input and output), local authorities and the small entrepreneurs selling their produce at livestock sale pens. They will have the opportunity to benefit from exploring new markets, fostering closer relationships with clients and improving their efficiency by marketing their products through more targeted strategies. Food security at the household level can be improved in these areas if the high rates of goat mortalities can be curbed and farmers are able to sell these animals at well functioning markets for good prices. If each of the M1,03 households in Zimbabwe sells one more goat per annum than before, that would place a million more goats, representing USD 20,000,000, on the market.