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“Seeds for the future - sustainable agriculture for the resilience of rural communities "




Aid type

Project-type interventions




€ 3,585,864
€ 2,151,518


The project intends to increase the resilience of rural communities in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe, to prevent the health emergency caused by COVID 19 from turning into structural food insecurity by developing a local and differentiated food system, based on gender equity, in three districts (Chiredzi, Mwenezi and Masvingo) of Masvingo province based on sustainable agriculture techniques. The project works in a context characterized by low agricultural productivity and lack of market access, unsustainable environmental and agricultural degradation, climatic stress and a patriarchal system that limits and hinders a true and real participation of women in the socio-economic development of communities, the project supports small farmers of 25 wards from three districts (Chiredzi, Mwenezi and Masvingo) in the adoption of sustainable agriculture models. These models allow the construction of local and differentiated food systems, socially and economically fair and environmentally sustainable which by increasing resilience factors prevent the health emergency caused by COVID-19 and other similar events worsen levels of food insecurity and turn into hunger and widespread poverty. The intervention has a duration of 36 months and is developed on four complementary axes articulated in as many results: - improvement of food and nutritional security for women and children (TdH Italia): it is intended to produce a change for rural families in the target districts, so that they reach food and nutritional security, with a diversified diet, and acquire greater capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change, through the installation and management of integrated community gardens, school gardens and nutritional circles, accompanied by the improvement of the management of the hydrographic basins adjacent to the barriers that collect water for the gardens themselves; - promotion of sustainable agriculture in seed systems and stages of agricultural production so that farmers adopt a local seed system adaptable to climate change: it is intended to operate in compliance with and within the framework of art. 6 and 9 of the FAO “International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture”, through the professional competence of RSR and CTDO, improving the productivity and production of climate-resilient crops in both irrigated and dry conditions. Farmers will be involved in the installation of "Seed Houses' and a local seed system, leading to the diversification of crops and the adoption of improved varieties, through a participatory process of decentralized breeding. - creation of value chains oriented towards gender equity, which transform and market agricultural production, also thanks to the organizational development of the micro-enterprise. This axis of work therefore aims to give support to a peasant organization in the district of Mwenezi, Mwenezi Development Trust, in the start-up and operation of a multiservice and transformation center, also in agreement with some local private companies: the strategy is to aggregate value and commercialize sustainable agricultural production, and at the same time promote the production of concentrated feed for cattle and chickens; - strengthening the role and protagonist of women, so that, in an organized way, they influence public policy and investments that limit the development of a local and differentiated food system based on sustainable agriculture techniques. read more close
Year Committed Used
2022 € 3,585,864 € 2,151,518


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 11000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IdentifierXM-DAC-6-4-012590-04-5
  • CRS Activity identifier2022000283
  • AID012590/04/5
  • Planned start 2022/06/15
  • Planned End 2025/06/14
  • Actual start 2022/07/29
  • Actual end -
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation
  • Tied status Tied


  • 15170 - Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions 10.0%
  • 31120 - Agricultural development 22.0%
  • 31194 - Agricultural co-operatives 45.0%
  • 43072 - Household food security programmes 23.0%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality significant objective
  • Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) not targeted
  • Disability not targeted
  • Nutrition principal objective
  • Aid to Environment significant objective
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance principal objective
  • Trade Development principal objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 2.2 - By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons
  • 2.3 - By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
  • 2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
  • 2.5 - By 2020, maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, as internationally agreed
  • 5.5 - Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
  • 8.3 - Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services