Millions of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa experience seasonal food insecurity. Pastoralists’ production is especially challenged by poor quality and quantity of livestock feed, particularly during the drier months. Lack of consistent markets and volatile prices also make it difficult for farmers to eke out a living.
In Zimbabwe, technologies and extension services to improve productivity are often packaged in silos, specific to either crop or animal production. This leaves agro-pastoralists in a bind, without access to solutions that are fitting for their production systems, which are inherently integrated.
Holistically designed technologies and practices, made for integrated crop-livestock systems, could generate numerous benefits and support agro-pastoralists to increase their productivity and food security.
Read an outcome story about the ZimCLIFS project from the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems