EU gives smallholder farmers $29m

HARARE - The European Union (EU) is providing $29 million to small-scale Zimbabwean farmers to boost food security, an EU diplomat said yesterday.

Aldo Dell’ Ariccia, the head of EU delegation to Zimbabwe, said the funding would be channelled towards four projects that include crop and livestock, investment in small irrigation, support to extension and research, and the establishment of public-private community partnerships.

“These projects will empower thousands of people in rural communities to tackle the problem of food insecurity and link them to the markets with the ultimate purpose to transform small-scale farming into a viable business,” he said during the launch of the initiative in Harare.

The projects are set to run for four years and will be implemented in cooperation with the UN agency Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Netherlands Development Organisation and Welthungerhilfe.

David Phiri, the FAO representative in Zimbabwe, said the EU programme also aims to sustainably increase productivity and competitiveness of targeted irrigation schemes in communal and resettlement areas in the country.

“Indirectly, a total of 36 000 households are expected to benefit from the ripple effects of the programme,” he said.

Dell’ Ariccia said agriculture will remain one of the three focal sectors of the EU’s development cooperation with Zimbabwe under the 11th European Development fFnd period running from 2014-2020.

“The sector remains of prime importance for the livelihoods of the large majority of ordinary Zimbabweans,” he said.

“In addition, agriculture is the major supplier of raw materials to industry for further processing, value addition and trade.”

Comments (3)

did you say EU. what about sanctions?

see - 7 March 2014

Ahh these sanctions are terrible... :) Iran & North Korea must be swimming in EU funding.

Sanctions Galore - 7 March 2014

Thank you Pale Devils LOL. l thought the white man was our enemy well l guess his not after all paying our children's school fees (250 000 CHILDREN CAN NOW GO TO SCHOOL BECAUSE OF UK FUNDING) and now to the rescue of our small holder farmers, thank you EU.

roland dube - 8 March 2014

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