For 60-year-old Maxwell Machivenyika, farm-life was filled with tedium, drudgery and challenges. To get the job done working on his small farm meant waking up at 4 a.m. daily. Machivenyika has been growing maize, Zimbabwe’s main staple crop, since 1988. But his yields have been poor because of using inefficient farming methods.
A recent hybrid (virtual and in-person) meeting of more than 50 researchers and representatives of the European Union (EU), national agricultural research system and non-governmental organizations in Zimbabwe, has charted the way forward for the Improved
LIPS-Zim project aims to increase agricultural productivity in Zimbabwe’s semi-arid agro-ecological regions IV and V by promoting increased adoption of climate relevant innovations in livestock-based production systems and improved surveillance and control of livestock diseases.