Actions for Sustainable Management of Forests by Integrating the Baka Pygmies

Published on 1 January 2010

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Start Date: 1 October 2008 | End Date: 31 August 2009


The main project goal is to increase the ability of smallholder farmers to diversify livelihood opportunities by producing sufficient food to feed their family, generating cash income, increasing the productivity of their farm, and conserving their natural resources. This will be achieved by providing proven agroforestry options and strengthening capacity of partners to accelerate the wide and sustainable adoption of diversified agroforestry interventions to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe.

The project will be implemented as a targeted initiative using three major scaling up thrusts in 3 districts as follows: 1) Strengthening technical capacities of partners to promote and support agroforestry innovations; 2) Applying integrated agroforestry interventions for generating multiple streams of impact; and 3) Participatory scaling up of proven agroforestry innovations to smallholder farmers.

This approach builds on farmer and partner needs and past success in generating and scaling up proven agroforestry technologies. It is expected that by 2011, participating vulnerable households in the targeted districts in Zimbabwe will achieve year-round food security by reducing the average food gap and improve nutrition and increase income by at least 25% through adoption of agroforestry technologies and related interventions in the project.

The project will refine and apply innovative approaches for more rapid and sustained scaling up. The project covers a period of three years. It builds synergies with several projects implemented by partners in Protracted Relief Programme (PRP) phase I and proposed projects in Phase II.

The following are the project’s specific objectives: 1) Build technical capacity and provide technical guidance to partners implementing agroforestry as an integral part of food security and relief programmes in highly vulnerable districts; 2) Apply integrated agroforestry interventions for generating multiple streams of impact on livelihoods, food security and income of rural communities; and 3) Facilitate joint learning, dissemination and wider scaling up and out of proven agroforestry innovations and practices to smallholder farmers.

The project has the following three outputs: 1. Technical capacity of partner organizations and communities to demand, implement, monitor and evaluate agroforestry technologies built; 2. Options for increasing household food production, nutrition and income available for smallholder farmers; and, 3. Proven agroforestry technologies tested and adopted by smallholder farmers in project sites


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