Projects and Programs
ZFU has identified climate change as one of the major challenges impacting on the development of farmers in Zimbabwe and has been directly involved in the implementation of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) initiatives. With support from Norad through SACAU, ZFU has successfully implemented a Conservation Agriculture (CA) program in six of the country’s districts. ZFU designed innovative ways for scaling up the uptake of CA and managed to reach out to more than 8000 farmers within a period of 4 years. It is against this background that ZFU was selected as a partner in the current project.
The idea behind the action is to create constructive and guided dialogue and establish mutually beneficial relationships between the young farmers and the service providers and business and extension experts from the agriculture sector so that youths can achieve viable agriculture. A panel of industry stakeholders will be invited to meet the youths.
The Zimbabwe Youth “Agriprenuership” Summit (ZYAS) organized by the Zimbabwe Farmers Union since 2013, is an annual event meant to motivate and inspire young people engaged in agriculture and its related value chains, to confidently occupy the agri-business space.
In 2015 ZFU partnered Econet to offer small holder farmers crop insurance, livestock & farming tips, Funeral cover and subscriptions to the Zimbabwe Farmers Union’s smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe. The Union also partnered with Mercy Corps an organization that offers expertise in Information Communication Technology in Agriculture
The Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) is implementing a project titled ‘Inclusive Policy Dialogue for Social Development’ (IPDSD) in three provinces of Zimbabwe. The project [IPDSD] is funded by the European Union (EU). The project will run for 24 months from January 2016 to December 2017
Promotion of the adoption of Conservation Agriculture (CA) by smallholder farmers through farmer managed demonstration plots and CA clubs.50 School-based Young Farmers Clubs (YFCs) Demo Plots + 40 Community Demo plots supported – working with farmers from community (4000 farmers organised into CA Clubs)