Mainstreaming social inclusion into programmes promoting agricultural productivity and access to markets among the rural poor
This study is a rapid assessment of the evidence regarding effective approaches to promoting agricultural productivity and improving access to markets, across different social groups of the rural poor, with a particular focus on those at risk of exclusion. The objective is to inform the design of the new UK's Department for International Development (DFID) Zimbabwe Livelihoods and Food Security Programme, including the terms of reference and programme of work for the monitoring and evaluation and research unit. The intention is that gender and social inclusion issues will be integrated within programme design (undertaken by the implementing partners) from the outset and be mainstreamed throughout the programme.
The report starts with definitions of the key terms within the study. It then discusses crosscutting issues which cut across all of the different social groups. Each of the social groups is then discussed in turn, starting with gender which is the most extensive given the literature available; and then other social groups including people living with HIV/AIDS, older people, children, the disabled and faith groups. There is then a section on design, monitoring and evaluation; before a final summary and reflections on the implications of the findings. A sister paper by Tamsyn Ayliffe (2013) complements this review by providing in-depth analysis based on the literature available of the context regarding social exclusion amongst the rural poor in Zimbabwe.