Cattle are being directed into pens for feeding in Lukange, Zimbabwe, in September of 2019. Droughts and floods happen with increasing frequency in Zimbabwe and other countries in Southern Africa. Small-scale farmers who depend on rain-fed agriculture are hit the hardest by the unpredictable cycles of drought and flood. Through demonstration sites, CRS is teaching low-income animal farmers in these affected areas new agricultural methods that help them plant drought-tolerant fodder crops to feed their animals.
Through the Zimbabwe Integrated Agriculture and Nutrition (Ag-Nut) project, CRS implements an integrated Value Chain approach in 15 rural wards in Beitbridge District, Matabeleland South Province. The Ag-Nut project uses Farmer Learning Centers (FLCs) as entry platforms into the community; teaching smallholder farmers to use improved forage and feed technologies to increase goat value chain productivity in the smallholder sector. CRS partners with ILRI and Caritas Masvingo on the Ag-Nut project.