Voluntary commitment

Insiza Food and Income Security Project

Description

This project is meant to improve livelihood diversity and resilience for vulnerable men and women in Insiza District and has four main components, i.e.
1. Supporting establishment of a small-scale irrigation scheme that will be community owned and managed aimed at promoting food, nutrition and income security. Small scale producers will have better options to diversify crops grown in order to meet their household needs and be able to supply surplus to the local communities. This will act as a fallback position for communities who depend on rain-fed agriculture, which has been failing over the years due to erratic rains. Appropriate farming techniques will also be promoted.
2. Promoting Livestock Production and Marketing: livestock is also part of household capital critical for livelihoods diversity in drier areas like Insiza. Families in these rural people can easily converted livestock into food and cash for other essentials besides benefiting from manure and social status. Beneficiaries will be supported to build their livelihoods around livestock on a “pass on goat” basis in order to reach out to more deserving people.
3. Income Lending and Saving schemes (ISALs): The project will also seeks to households targeted above to save their merge income through by supporting ISALs as a way of creating a safety net for falling back in times of shocks. The start-up cash for ISALs will be income generated from the irrigation scheme, goat sales and other non-farm income generating activities.
4. Building community resilience to shocks: this will be implemented as a cross cutting issue for both livelihoods recovery and protection considering that in this area, livelihoods are prone to shocks such as drought, veld fires, and animal diseases. Focus will be on raising regarding Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) options they may adopt in order to enhance the quality of their lives.

Targets

This project targets vulnerable individuals and households, with women being prioritised due to their gender role of being responsible for ensuring that food is available on the table. In particular, the livestock component gives preference to female heading households, people living with HIV, the elderly-headed and the child headed households. total of 11576 (i.e. 4473 females and 4129 males) are expected to benefit indirectly from this intervention. This community is located in a drought prone area where crop production without supplementary irrigation is uneconomic. Moreover, the rainfall distribution has been uneven, characterised by long dry spells with devastating results such as 75% crop failure, at least 4 in every agricultural season over the past 20 years.

Indicators

* 1 water sources established and being utilised for micro irrigation
* At least 60 families deriving their livelihoods from small scale irrigation.
* Number of women and men who have increased their food and income security
* % of targeted beneficiaries having at least three meals per day.
* Extent of crop diversity
* % of goat beneficiaries passing on 2 goats to next beneficiaries annually
* Number of women and men trained in DRR and utilising skills acquired.

Means of verification

* Post crop harvesting monitoring reports
* Household Livelihood Security Assessment (HLSA) Report
* Sentinel HH Livelihood Assessment Report;
* Monthly Project Reports;
* Quarterly Project Reports;
* Coping Strategy Index
* Key Informant Interview Report;
* Livestock Census Report.
* Project Monitoring Reports;
* Community Appraisal Report;

Timeframe

July 2013 to June 2018

Contact Person

Mr Tobias Chipare
Mr, Zimbabwe Project Trust

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