HEKS in Simbabwe
Andreas Schwaiger
Zimbabwe

Food security and peacebuilding

Zimbabwe Country Programme

In Zimbabwe, HEKS/EPER is improving living conditions for the people of Matabeleland South Province. HEKS/EPER promotes the cultivation of food crops and ornamental plants, supports access to water and education, helps young people build sustainable livelihoods and empowers civil society in its efforts to bring about a peaceful and just society. 

Context

HEKS/EPER has been working in Zimbabwe since the country's independence in the early 1980s. Zimbabwe faces a range of challenges, including the lack of food security and a social safety net, high unemployment, a prevalence of HIV/AIDS, and poor relations between civil society and government in a polarized political climate.

HEKS/EPER and its partner organizations are assisting people in improving their livelihoods. The aim is to enhance food security and unemployment by promoting sustainable agriculture (permaculture), providing continuing vocational training and securing better access to resources (water, land). To counter the prevailing violence and injustice, HEKS/EPER began conflict transformation work in 2015. The outcomes of these latest measures will only become clear over the medium-to-long term.

Objectives, priorities, activities

The 2016-2020 Country Programme will consolidate the accomplishments of recent years and tackle new fields of activity. The province of Matabeleland South in general, and the Matobo district in particular, continue to be the focus of activities.

The 2016–2020 Zimbabwe Country Programme aims to strengthen food sovereignty, improve access to natural resources, create better socio-economic conditions as well as foster justice, tolerance and inclusiveness – in collaboration with duty bearers and mainstream society in the Matobo district. The programme is being conducted jointly with partner organizations whose strengths lie in conflict resolution and the development of rural communities, and is designed to enable beneficiaries to raise their incomes and resolve conflicts peacefully.

HEKS in Simbabwe
Andreas Schwaiger

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