India contributes almost USD 1 million to help smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe

 Alaric Santiaguel   |  

India contributed almost USD one million to the United Nations World Food Programme in Zimbabwe to to assist more than 5,200 smallholder farmers in Chiredzi and Mangwe Districts. Working with WFP Zimbabwe, the funds will will provide expertise through its Smallholder Agricultural Market Support program, to strengthen the resilience and capacity of selected smallholder farmers.

The project will promote the cultivation of drought-tolerant small grains and legumes–reducing the negative effects of recurring droughts in Zimbabwe.

The contribution, provided through the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, highlights India’s growing contributions to the Global South on efforts towards strengthening resilience to climate change.

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