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Zim-AIED: Banana Production
Fintrac's approach to smallholder commercialization is transforming banana production in Zimbabwe.
Who We Are
USAID's Zimbabwe Agricultural Income and Employment Development (Zim-AIED) program began in October 2010 and will run through February 2015. Zim-AIED is providing technical assistance to improve food security and increase household incomes of small-scale farmers throughout Zimbabwe. The program generates new income streams from employment created in the wider agricultural sector and contributes to improved food security of all beneficiary households. Beneficiaries are earning new income from both surplus production of food crops grown for home consumption and from production and marketing of higher-value cash crops under contract.
Zim-AIED's overall goal is to increase the incomes and food security of 150,000 rural Zimbabwean households. The program works to do this by:
- Increasing the number of companies purchasing products from smallholders through contracts and opportunistic buying.
- Increasing the availability and disbursement of working capital to smallholder farmers and rural agribusinesses.
- Increasing production of maize, beans, groundnuts, and root crops to meet domestic demand.
- Raising smallholder farmer incomes through surplus production of food crops and commercial production of high-value cash crops, particularly bananas, vegetables, and paprika.
- Supporting a new generation of small and medium agribusinesses willing to invest in rural areas of Zimbabwe.