In the rural districts of Mwenezi and Chiredzi in Masvingo Province, smallholder farmers are facing increasing challenges in sustaining their livelihoods due to the impact of climate change. Erratic rainfall patterns, prolonged droughts, and other environmental factors have made it difficult for farmers to rely solely on traditional crops and livestock for income. In response to this challenge, organizations such as Nutrition Action Zimbabwe have been working to promote diversification of income sources and support livelihoods activities for vulnerable communities.
One such initiative is the Indigenous Poultry Value Chain Project, which has been implemented by Nutrition Action Zimbabwe with support from Action Contre La Faim Zimbabwe. The project aims to promote the production and marketing of indigenous poultry as a means of generating income for smallholder farmers. Currently, 980 households in Mwenezi and Chiredzi districts are benefitting from the project, which has provided them with much-needed support and resources to improve their income and livelihoods.
One of the key components of the project has been the provision of four 1056 capacity egg incubators to improve hatching rates for indigenous poultry. With the support of solar-powered incubators, chick production among the communities has increased to an impressive 95%. This has not only helped farmers to generate additional income but has also contributed to food security in the region.
The Indigenous Poultry Value Chain Project is just one example of the important role that organizations such as Nutrition Action Zimbabwe play in supporting smallholder farmers and promoting sustainable livelihoods in the face of climate change. By providing resources, training, and support for income-generating activities, these organizations are helping to build resilience and improve the lives of vulnerable communities.