Zimbabwe is plagued by high rates of poverty, poor nutrition and major health challenges such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. Food shortages, high food prices, a decline in social services and an economy that is still recovering from inflation have left many Zimbabweans vulnerable.

Episcopal Relief & Development partners with the Anglican Diocese of Matabeleland on sustainable agriculture projects in areas where cyclical drought has stunted local food production and caused a migration of people leaving their communities to find work. Working with caregivers of vulnerable children, the program assists with seeds, land preparation and water management to enable households to grow a variety of nutritious food. In some areas, clusters of households organize themselves to grow vegetables on a rotating basis to ensure year-round availability. Farmers visit each other’s fields to learn successful strategies for planting and caring for crops. Extra produce is sold at local markets, providing a source of income.

Episcopal Relief & Development is also supporting Anglican Relief and Development in Zimbabwe (ARDeZ), which works with all five of the country’s dioceses to help the population regain their agricultural, health and economic footing following years of political oppression, economic collapse and prolonged and repeated periods of drought.

Alleviating Hunger and Improving Food Supply

  • Exploring climate-smart strategies to improve crop production and diversity
  • Increasing access to nutritious food through small-scale farming
  • Supporting farmer cooperatives to improve agricultural practices and access to markets

Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities

  • Examining possible hazards and leveraging local strengths and resources to reduce disaster risk and build resilience

Zimbabwe Press Releases & Stories

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Fast Facts

Agriculture employs over 65% of Zimbabwean workers, but more than 70% of people live in poverty.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Zimbabwe lost many highly educated and skilled people to emigration due to political and economic instability.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 2: Zero Hunger

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Goal 13: Climate Action

Goal 13: Climate ActionTake urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts  Learn more »

Goal 15: Life on Land

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