The Zimbabwe Agriculture Knowledge and Innovation Services (ZAKIS) project seeks to link Agriculture Research, Education and Extension. The initiative brings together public and private institutions with a focus on improving farmers’ productivity and income through the delivery of well researched modern knowledge and extension. The overall objective of the ZAGP and ZAKIS project is to enable farmers and value chain actors to improve their lives and contribute to agricultural growth and rural green-economic development.
The Specific Objective of the ZAKIS action is to demonstrate a farmer-centric and integrated research-education-extension framework that establishes a market-oriented rural agricultural sector.
The project is implemented through primarily three flagship Agricultural Centres of Excellence (ACE) which comprise of Chibero Agricultural College serving the Northen region, Matopos Research Institute serving the Southern region and a digital/ virtual ACE which will accessible to everyone in the Agricultural space.
The ACEs are institutions in which crop and animal husbandry research is done, Good Agricultural Practices are demonstrated, and modern farming technologies are showcased and developed. The physical ACEs will be administered by the Department of Agricultural Education and Farmer Training (DAEFT) in collaboration with the Department of Research and Specialist Services (DRSS) and the Department of Agricultural Extension (AGRITEX). The private sector is further involved in ensuring that viable business models are applied within the activities of ACEs such that they are sustainable. Several revenue streams will be developed and implemented leveraging on both crop and animal husbandry. The ACEs have furthermore a role to cascade the knowledge they have attained to other educational centres within the country.