New project pursues climate innovations to boost Zimbabwe livestock production systems
A new European Union-funded ‘Livestock Production Systems in Zimbabwe’ (LIPS-Zim) project is working to increase agricultural productivity in the country’s agro-ecological Zones IV and V.
It is promoting the adoption of climate-relevant innovations in livestock production systems and improving surveillance and control of livestock diseases.
The LIPS-Zim project is implemented by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – lead agency, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the University of Zimbabwe’s Faculty of Veterinary Science and the government of Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement. It will be working in the semi-arid agro-ecological regions IV and V of Zimbabwe namely, Matabeleland South (Beitbridge and Gwanda districts), Matabeleland North (Binga, Hwange and Nkayi districts), Midlands (Gokwe North district), Masvingo (Chiredzi and Zaka districts), Manicaland (Buhera district) and Mashonaland East (Mutoko district).
Women and young people in Zimbabwe usually deal with the effects of frequent droughts and other economic challenges and some of them move across borders in search of better economic opportunities. The project will focus on vulnerable communities to help them cope with these challenges. "Gender and youth are the drivers for the LIPS-Zim project intervention areas and data collected in the project will be aggregated to better identify entry points for improving the systems that women and young people rely on," said Sikhalazo Dube, coordinator of the LIPS-Zim project at a past workshop.