Cattle from greater Ntabazinduna area line up shortly after dipping. Copyright: WFP/Tomson Phiri

Good Times Roll for Zimbabwe’s Livestock Breeders

Ntabazinduna – Ben Khumalo, a seventy-two year old pensioner from Ntabazinduna, recounts the horror of losing his herd of nine cattle after a raging tick-borne outbreak in 2009 and the ensuing struggle of making ends meet. He squarely blames such tragedy on the inadequacy of dip tanks in his area. He has since picked himself up and boasts of a healthy heard of 17 cattle which he now takes for dipping regularly at the Mfanyana Dip Tank, recently constructed with the help of fellow villagers through WFP’s Productive Asset Creation activities.

Overview

In recent years, food production in Zimbabwe has been devastated by a number of factors including natural disasters and economic and political instability. Recurrent drought, a series of poor harvests, high unemployment (estimated at more than 60%), restructuring of the agriculture sector and a high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate – at 14.7 per cent, the fifth highest in the world - have all contributed to increasing levels of vulnerability and acute food insecurity since 2001. This situation has necessitated large-scale humanitarian food relief operations in the country.

 

 

 
 
Empowered Lives

After drought and other shocks, it is vital that vulnerable households bounce back quickly. WFP helps communities build assets such as irrigation systems and earth dams to bolster resilience. Here, Topora villagers, once dependant on food assistance, harvest fish for the first time in a pond WFP helped create through a Cash/Food for Assets programme.

Copyright: WFP/Tomson Phiri

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