The ZAGP team welcomes you to the 32nd issue of ZAGP News, the newsletter for the European Union (EU) funded Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme (ZAGP). In this issue, we give you updates on the various project activities happening across the country.
ZAGP conducts a number of short-term studies to assess various key issues within the programme. In this issue, we share the highlights of the study on green technologies and a link to the full document. The assignment was commissioned to take stock of the green technologies being developed and implemented by its six projects, their potential impact and the impact tracking mechanisms that are in place.
We also provide a brief report submitted by the Youth Sounding Board (YSB) following their tour of ZAGP projects. YSB is an initiative formed by the EU to step up youth engagement to ensure that voices of young people are heard and taken into consideration when shaping and implementing EU programmes and policies.
As some projects within ZAGP draw to a close, we share some of the key lessons that have emerged during implementation. The Inclusive Poultry Value Chain (IPVC) project unpacks some of the lessons from the implementation of Poultry Business Associations (PBAs) across five clusters in Bulawayo, Gweru, Harare, Kwekwe and Harare. The PBAs are turning around the fortunes of small to medium-scale poultry producers.
Under the Zimbabwe Knowledge and Innovation Services (ZAKIS) project, we provide a summary of the project’s achievements to date, Elsewhere in this newsletter, we provide a report on the recent launch of the national integrated ticks and tick-borne disease control strategy by the Transforming Zimbabwe’s Animal Health and Food Safety for the Future (SAFE) project.
Finally, under the Value Chain Alliance for Livestock Upgrading and Empowerment (VALUE) project, we focus on the results so far on direct consignment meat marketing, semen campaign and financial inclusion.