Heifer Zimbabwe

of rural households face food insecurity

of rural households live in poverty

of the population lives below the poverty line


Sixty-seven percent of Zimbabwe’s population live in rural areas and 65 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. 

According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), almost 72 percent of its 14 million people live under the total consumption poverty line and 17 percent of its children under 5 are malnourished. Zimbabwe’s economy has sharply declined in the last 10 years. Zimbabwe ranks 156 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014).

One of Zimbabwe’s most pressing problems is food insecurity, worsened by a decline in agricultural production, because of weather conditions (drought); land disputes; and lack of access to training, resources and credit.

76,017 Families
Were Assisted in FY2017

Livestock Placed In FY2017

Our Work In Zimbabwe

Our key areas of focus in Zimbabwe are community mobilization and farmer training; sustainable livestock development and animal health; Passing on the Gift®; and gender equity and HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness. All families receive training in basic animal health and husbandry which enhances their food security, nutrition and income levels. Our unique Passing on the Gift® provides dignity, reconciliation and self-reliance. Women and youth are direct recipients of livestock and training, and 60 percent of leadership positions within our project groups are women and youth. HIV/AIDS is a significant concern in Zimbabwe. We provide livestock to many HIV/AIDS effected families and prevention training in every project.

Mary Kanjo (46) with her chickens in Gweru District.
Mary Kanjo (46) with her chickens in Gweru District.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Leadership training

  • Increased Income

    High-quality livestock, Value chain development, Micro credit

  • Social Capital

    HIV/AIDS training, Community organizing

  • Nutrition

    Vegetable gardening, Fruit trees, Livestock

  • Environment

    Natural resource management, Agroecology, Reforestation, Improved cookstoves

Programs and Projects

  • Food security and Poverty Alleviation

    Midlands Province
  • Sustainability

    Deepening Impact for Sustainibility
  • Goat Value Chain

    Goat Value Chain for Food Security

Project Partners


  • European Union (EU)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Heifer Netherlands

Local implementing partners

  • Government of Zimbabwe
  • Midlands AIDS Support Organization
  • National AIDS Council
  • Dairy Development Programme


Heifer International Zimbabwe

Heifer International Zimbabwe

12 Windsor Close, Mount Pleasant, Harare

T: 263-4-302-486

F: 263-4-302-654

E: heifer.zimbabwe@heifer.org

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