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Sustainable livelihoods in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s macro-economic challenges continue to deepen, leading to significant retrenchments in the formal employment sector. Many households have higher income insecurity, and the majority of people are now employed in the informal sector, relying on agriculture and its related subsectors for livelihood.

Plan International Zimbabwe is committed to supporting communities to diversify their livelihood and income sources, particularly to make them more resilient to the effects of bad rains during the ‘hunger seasons’. We work in close alliance with families to expand food and cash assistance programmes, in partnership with other stakeholders such as the World Food Programme.

Still, high unemployment and the general state of deflation continue to present challenges for households to provide for their children in terms of food, so we are enabling communities to install irrigation systems, dip tanks and inspection shelters, thus improving livestock rearing and crop and vegetable production, and improving access to training for farmers, both male and female.