The ENGAGE project aims to improve the livelihood of 5,000 smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe. Farmers in Zimbabwe often struggle with very low prices of their produce, which can impact the ability of girls to finish school, mothers to provide good food for their children, and parents to prioritise health and wellbeing. Teaching farmers about value chains, supporting their participation in village savings and loans groups, and helping their development of micro enterprises all leads to a more competitive agricultural sector and inclusion of people with disabilities.

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).


Increasing Livelihood Opportunities – How is ADRA helping?

Zimbabwe is one of many countries where ADRA is helping to improve income opportunities for families and individuals, helping to lift them out of poverty.

We have ongoing livelihood projects that have been developed in collaboration with trusted partners and communities to build more sustainable lives which in turn creates food security and keeps children in school. Examples of ADRA livelihoods project activities include:

– Training on effective planting and harvesting techniques
– Animal rearing training
– Business opportunities for people with disabilities
– Educating farmers on the safe use of pesticides
– Introducing new seed varieties and climate-resilient crops
– Increased access to markets
– Village savings and loans associations, Women’s Self-Help group
– Improved diet and nutrition from new crops


Sibu’s Story

I watched my children’s future fall apart with very little that I could do. The employment opportunities were non-existent.

My name is Sibu and I live in Zimbabwe with my husband and three children.

Before, it was very difficult to feed the family and pay for our children’s education. My children were frequently chased away from school for non-payment of school fees. I envied a life that was better. When ADRA came to our community, we received training in vegetable production and marketing. My life has improved greatly as I now have a reliable source of income. I am now happy that my family is no longer sleeping on an empty stomach.

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