Zimbabwe: encouraging sustainable smallholder agriculture

Zimbabwe: encouraging sustainable smallholder agriculture

Report concentrates on ways of encouraging more sustainable smallholder agriculture in the drier regions of Zimbabwe within the context of reforms in agricultural services in a more liberal and plural economic and service environment. Paradoxically in Zimbabwe there is a need for both increased use of external inputs as well as a much greater emphasis on low external input technologies. In order to overcome the neglect of low external input technologies and of the poorest smallholders there needs to be affirmative action in favour of sustainability and the particular needs of the poorest smallholders, many of whom are women.

Report makes recommendations on strengthening local institutions (including NGOs), decentralisation, resettlement programmes, extension, training, smallholder risk management

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