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USAID launches new resilience-building project to rescue Chimanimani communities

by BustopTV

By Own Correspondent

The United States Agency for International Development(USAID) has injected funding  into the launch of a new Resilience Building for Chimanimani Communities (RBCC) project. 

The 15 month activity will reach about 32,000 vulnerable community members in Chimanimani district to recover from recent climate emergencies.

Floods and droughts have endangered or destroyed the livelihoods of rural Zimbabweans living in Chimanimani, resulting in food insecurity and negative coping mechanisms.

“The RBCC project will improve the early recovery and resilience of rural Zimbabweans living in Chimanimani. 

“We appreciate the financial support that we have received from USAID for thiscause,” said Emmanuel Madhara, Practical Action’s Interim Country Director.

Practical Action is a global development organization working with communities, governments, and partners to scale innovations that help millions of people.

Households taking part in the vouchers-for-work activity are highly vulnerable within their communities and live in areas of high erosion and gully formation.

 Rehabilitation activities willrestore climate-smart landscapes and build community resilience.

 In partnership with local government structures, the project will strengthen community responses to climate hazards through raising awareness of existing disaster plans and policies.

Smallholder farmers will revive or establish community nutrition gardens with the goal to improve household food security, dietary diversity, and livelihoods. 

Other livelihood opportunities will include fish and livestock production.

The project will also increase access to finance through revitalizing and creating savings and lending groups for vulnerable households.

 For over 30 years, the organization has worked with smallholder farmers and rural communities in Zimbabwe to increase productivity in agriculture and other livelihoods.

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