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Food And Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Technical Cooperation Programme

Capacity building of MAMID and farmers for the control of animal diseases to attain commercialization of an integrated smallholder livestock sector in Nkayi and Lupane Districts of Zimbabwe



Summary of the TCPZim project


Zimbabwe has enormous potential for sustained growth and poverty reduction given its generous endowment of natural resources and suitability for growing of a wide variety of crops and livestock. Traditionally the country was branded the bread-basket of Southern Africa producing sufficiently for domestic requirements and surplus for export within the region.

The Agricultural sector is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy and Zimbabwe has vast potential in livestock production especially in the smallholder farming sector. Livestock is an important subsector that contributes to the total agricultural output.

Major livestock species are cattle, goats, sheep and donkeys.Ruminants (cattle, sheep and goats) and monogastrics (pigs and poultry), in particular, make a significant contribution to the livelihood of farmers in the smallholder sector. The potential of livestock is an excellent avenue for launching the smallholder farmer into commercial livestock production thereby ensuring household food, nutrition and income security within the communities. This potential could be exploited for the benefit of the smallholder farmer, overall rural development and subsequently the country as a whole by addressing these identified basic problems, in particular disease control.


The DLVS identified the major cause of low productivity as high morbidity and mortality due to disease outbreaks specifically, FMD, Anthrax, Rabies, Newcastle (ND) and tick borne diseases (TBDs).

The Ministry then requested technical assistance from FAO to support animal disease control (FMD, Anthrax, Blackleg, TBDs). The assistance will be pilot tested in the two districts of Nkayi and Lupane, and if it succeeds then replicated to other parts of the country.

The TCP will address animal disease control in the two districts as a key input into the EU funded livestock programme “Increased household food, income and nutrition security through commercialization of an integrated and sustainable smallholder livestock sector in Zimbabwe” which seeks to protect the source of livelihood for the Nkayi and Lupane community, through reduction in livestock mortality and morbidity and training of field extension staff. It addresses the wider scope of livestock development in the two districts and policy and institutional reform at the national level. Increased production and productivity as well as improved livestock product quality results in a highly successful livestock commercialisation process with an effective integration of all players in the value chain. A successful livestock commercialisation results in better incomes and livelihoods for the communal livestock farmers.

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