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EU Money to Help Revive Ailing Zimbabwe Agriculture

EU Money to Help Revive Ailing Zimbabwe Agriculture

May 10, 2012

Sebastian Mhofu | Harare

The European Union is providing $8 million to help revive Zimbabwe’s ailing 
agriculture sector.  Zimbabwe – once southern Africa’s breadbasket – is 
still trying to revitalize its agriculture sector, which took a nosedive 
after President Robert Mugabe’s government embarked on a land reform program 
in 2000 that displaced thousands of white farmers.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization will administer the 
$8-million European Union donation to Zimbabwe announced Thursday.

The FAO says it hopes that this money will help Zimbabwe revive the 
devastated agricultural sector.  Gaoju Han, the head of FAO in southern 
Africa, explained his agency’s plans for the donation.

“FAO is committed to the realization of the project results which are: 
improved access to essential farm inputs through the local market for 
livestock producers, improved agricultural productions based on sustainable 
agricultural practices in crop and livestock production, small-scale 
irrigation and environmental protection and improved income through surplus 
production sale and market linkages,” said Han.

Such practices have not been in effect here for more than a decade because 
of President Mugabe’s controversial land reform program – which displaced 
almost all experienced white farmers from their land without compensation. 
They were replaced in many cases by supporters of Mr. Mugabe’s ZANU-PF 
party.  Few, if any, had the skill or knowledge base for farming.  Perennial 
food shortages have become the norm in a country that was once a huge food 

At the signing ceremony in Harare Thursday, Seiso Moyo, Zimbabwe’s junior 
agriculture minister said the EU donation would begin to revive the 
country’s ailing economy.

“Considering that agriculture is the mainstay of the country’s economy, this 
signing ceremony is a positive and pivotal development to national economic 
growth, since nearly 70 percent of the population of Zimbabwe live in rural 
areas and derive their livelihoods mainly from farming,” said Moyo.

It is the rural farmers that FAO will equip with skills, seeds, and 
fertilizer to revive Zimbabwean agriculture.

At the moment, many Zimbabweans depend on handouts to meet their basic food 
needs.   The United Nations estimates that at least 1.5 million people need 
food aid in Zimbabwe.


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