Empowering the youth to defy stereotypes and demonstrate that farming can be a rewarding career that creates employment and improves their income.
Delivering a comprehensive package of services targeting adolescent girls and young women to prevent new HIV infections.
Helping over 2 million rural Zimbabweans cope with the drought by meeting their immediate food needs and building resilience against future climatic shocks.
USAID provides rations of fortified corn soy blend and vegetable oil to pregnant and lactating women and children less than two years of age.
USAID promotes good livestock management practices as part of its integrated approach to increasing incomes and improving food security.
Cecilia Ndlovu, lead farmer of Tshongokwe irrigation scheme in Matabeleland Province, stands in front of her maize demonstration plot.
Rosemary proudly holds her HIV-free baby after receiving prenatal treatment from a USAID-sponsored clinic outside Harare, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe was once one of southern Africa’s most vibrant, productive, and resilient countries. However, over the past decade, the nation has faced a series of political and economic crises that have led to the general decline of the standard of living and a breakdown in public health, education, and infrastructure.
The country has an estimated population of 14.5 million, and about 10 million live in rural areas. Life is increasingly difficult, with 63 percent of all households living in poverty and 16 percent in extreme poverty. The uncertain political climate and inconsistent and ill-conceived domestic policies restrict foreign and domestic investment needed for economic growth. Over 90 percent of the country’s national budget goes for public sector salaries, leaving scant resources for investment in infrastructure and public services.
Exacerbating the country's economic woes is the growing impact of climate change. The collapse of the commercial agricultural sector resulted in an over reliance on small scale, rain-fed agriculture. As the climate becomes more erratic, farmers have found it harder to produce sufficient yields, greatly contributing to the country’s recurrent food insecurity.
Zimbabwe’s high mortality and illness rates are a result of an under-resourced health delivery system, which is overstretched by the high burden of HIV, TB, malaria, and maternal and childhood illnesses. More than a decade of worsening economic conditions and rising costs has eroded a once vibrant health system. That said, the health sector has produced notable results such as an HIV prevalence rate that declined from 26 percent in 1999 to a current rate of 14 percent. The number of malaria cases has also decreased from 1.8 million in 2006 to less than 392,000 in 2015 – a dramatic 73 percent reduction.
To ensure that its future is in the hands of Zimbabweans, USAID works with its partners to strengthen health services, increase food security, support economic resilience, and promote democratic governance.
Last updated: February 23, 2017