Di­as­pora agric ini­tia­tive Aug­ment Govt’s ef­forts in poverty al­le­vi­a­tion

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Fund­ing gen­er­ated will be used to kick­start var­i­ous projects across the coun­try.

“The group is look­ing to trans­form the coun­try’s agri­cul­tural sec­tor through mo­bil­i­sa­tion of re­sources and know-how across the value chain so that farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties and stake­hold­ers in back­ward and for­ward link­ages have op­por­tu­ni­ties to strengthen their own skills, ex­per­tise and sus­tain­able lives.”

“ZAI is en­ter­ing its first phase of op­er­a­tional­i­sa­tion fol­low­ing the re­cent stake­hold­ers’ en­gage­ment visit to Zim­babwe by the ZAI Ex­ec­u­tive from June 4 to 25, 2016.

“The stake­hold­ers’ en­gage­ment visit was a re­sound­ing suc­cess and ZAI is in the fi­nal stages of spe­cific project pro­pos­als. The global pro­pos­als have al­ready been pre­sented to the stake­hold­ers in Zim­babwe,” said Mr Bernard Bwoni, ZAI’s di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing & Agro-Link­ages.

He said ZAI was struc­tured into clus­ters. It was from the clus­ters that spe­cific projects would be ini­ti­ated and im­ple­mented.

The main clus­ters are crops, live­stock, hor­ti­cul­ture, agri-ser­vices, in­fra­struc­ture, re­new­able en­ergy, cit­rus and forestry, wildlife, wa­ter and en­vi­ron­ment and health and so­cial care.

ZAI will com­ple­ment the Gov­ern­ment in health de­liv­ery ser­vices through pro­vid­ing health ser­vices in com­mu­ni­ties, set­ting up clin­ics in farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties, re­sus­ci­tat­ing and re­fur­bish­ing dis­used wards or de­part­ments in hos­pi­tals.

Mr Bwoni said ZAI’s core value lies in de­vel­op­ing agri­cul­ture and its an­cil­lary ser­vices in the coun­try in­formed by the coun­try’s Zim-As­set economic blue­print.

He said as ZAI they be­lieved in a part­ner­ship ap­proach and were look­ing at part­ner­ing with lo­cal farm­ers in many agri­cul­tural projects, fo­cused on part­ner­ships, in­di­vid­ual projects, and em­pow­er­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“ZAI is con­tin­u­ously seek­ing buy-in from Gov­ern­ment and pro­vin­cial lands com­mit­tees to ac­cess the land for the pro­posed projects and out­comes have been pos­i­tive,” he said.

“ZAI be­lieves in col­lab­o­ra­tive work with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and cas­cad­ing ben­e­fits down the value chain. The ini­tia­tive is also look­ing at farm­ing as a busi­ness and in­tends to cre­ate jobs and make a profit out of all ven­tures en­gaged in.” — @Bian­caMlilo

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