The 2017 ZimVAC Rural Livelihoods Assessment was conducted with the broad objective of assessing the prevailing food and nutrition insecurity situation and impact of the food assistance and input support programmes on rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe. The assessment’s specific objectives were:
- To estimate the population that is likely to be food insecure in the 2017/18 consumption year, their geographic distribution, gender distribution and the severity of their food insecurity;
- To assess the nutrition status of children of 6 – 59 months in rural households;
- To describe the socio-economic profiles of rural households in terms of such characteristics as their demographics, access to basic services (education, health services and water and sanitation facilities), income sources, incomes and expenditure patierns, food consumption patterns, consumption coping strategies and livelihoods coping strategies;
- To determine the coverage and impact of livelihoods interventions in rural households;
- To identify viable response intervetions to community challenges in rural households;
- To identify development priorities for rural communities in rural provinces of the country; and
- To measure household resilience and identify constraints to improving community resilience and rural livelihoods including opportunities and pathways of addressing them in the face of prevailing and unpredictable shocks and stresses.