We work to build social capital among farming families to boost their incomes and standard of living, and and improve health and nutrition across Zimbabwe.
Agriculture is the backbone of Zimbabwean economy and livestock contributes 22% to the overall agricultural GDP through rearing animals such as cattle, goats, sheep and pigs to mention a few. However, despite the sector’s importance to the economy, it is beset with such challenges as low productivity, a weak enabling environment, poor institutions and policies, and vulnerability to climate change.
Heifer International first began work in Zimbabwe in 1984, building social capital among farming families to boost their incomes and standard of living, and improve nutrition and health. Our projects have equipped families with thousands of cows, goats, and indigenous chickens to help them establish productive enterprises.
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We focus on training and connecting farmers so they can pool knowledge and resources to become self-reliant environmental stewards. New technical and business development expertise enables local farmers to more effectively access goat, beef, poultry, and crop value chains, selling larger, higher quality yields at better prices. This collective economic growth makes communities stronger and more resilient in the face of financial and climate uncertainty.
Past projects have included creating Farmer Field Schools (FFS) to introduce 750 families - 75% of them led by women - to cultivate drought-resistant sorghum. Through membership of self-help groups, women-led businesses have grown and our efforts have raised average household incomes from $25 to $125 a month in three years. Our current work aims to lift 200,000 families out of poverty by 2026.
Heifer International invests in farmers and business owners around the world, because we know having a secure source of income can be truly transformational for families and their communities. With support from our in-country teams, project participants build sustainable businesses to close the living income gap.
Living Income is the amount of money each person in a household needs per day to live a dignified life.
In Zimbabwe, we define this as US$2.48 in Masvingo province.