[Zimbabwe Chapter] Improving Digital Advisory Services for Rural Farmers using Satellite Imagery

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Project background.

As the main source of livelihood for the majority of the population, the performance of agriculture is a key determinant of rural livelihood resilience and poverty levels. General challenges facing smallholder farmers (SHF’s) include low and erratic rainfall, low and declining soil fertility, low investment, shortages of farm power – labour and draft animals, poor physical and institutional infrastructure, poverty and recurring food insecurity. Agricultural production is also vulnerable to periodic droughts. The peasant sector, which produces 70 per cent of staple foods (maize, millets, and groundnuts), is particularly vulnerable as it has access to less than 5 per cent of national irrigation facilities.



Project plan.

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