By Tamuka Charakupa
Manicaland and Masvingo provinces are set to benefit from a multi-million dollar community resilience project being implemented by government through a local development partner.
Project implementing partner, ECODIT confirmed that over US$15 million will be shared between Manicaland and Masvingo provinces with the aim being to increase capacity towards sustainable utilisation of natural resources.
“Our overall aim is to reduce chronic vulnerabilities to climate shocks and economic shocks through utilisation of readily available natural resources. In that regard, we are going to support family in both livestock and crop production as well as develop water sources,” said ECODIT Deputy Chief of Party, Cryton Zazu.
Chipinge Rural District Chief Executive Officer, Mr Blessing Mamvosha, whose district is among the beneficiaries, welcomed the move saying it will strengthen communities’ capacity to alleviate poverty and drought.
“We are happy that this programme is targeting Ward 29 and 30, which are dry areas. The pledge to revive water sources, development irrigation facilities and help mitigate human wildlife conflict will be a major benefit for our people as such this is a welcome development,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Resilience Through Accelerating New Community-based Holistic Outcomes for Resource Sustainability (Resilience ANCHORS) is set to benefit Chipinge, Chiredzi and Bikita districts.