Research information from Organisations and projects in Zimbabwe

Projects with partners - Zimbabwe (11)

  • (CP) Planning and evaluating ensembles of small, multi-purpose reservoirs for the improvement of smallholder livelihooods and food security: tools and procedures

    Major Research Domain: small multi-purpose reservoir ensemble planning Goal: To maintain water related ecosystem services, the long-term sustainability of local water supplies, and adequate downstream flows. To improve food security at the houshold level and incease sustainable livelihoods.

  • Climate change and the poor: Linking local adaptation needs to policy and institutional structures

    Objectives: To ensure that policy solutions and resources to assist adaptation by the most vulnerable countries and groups are targetted wisely, and to avoid undermining locally determined adaptation strategies. Background: Climate change is a serious risk to poverty reduction and threatens to undo decades of development. Some adverse impacts cannot be averted and will fall disproportionately on vulnerable countries and the poorest, potentially jeopardising achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, in particular, those related to eradication of poverty and hunger, health and sustainable development. Many international organisations and research bodies have recently concluded that adaptation planning must be undertaken immediately if additional burdens imposed by negative climate impacts are to be averted, particularly on already vulnerable low-income countries and other countries vulnerable to climate impacts.

  • Developing and disseminating stress tolerant maize for sustainable food security in Eastern and Central Africa

    Goal: Enhanced food security and improved human nutrition for resource-poor farming families and consumers Outputs: - Higher and more stable maize yields for the farmers in the ECA ecologies through the use of stress tolerant and nutritionally enhanced quality protein maize (QPM) cultivars - More efficient breeding and selection strategies for stress tolerance and a better understanding of the underlying physiological basis and gene control of these traits with special emphasis on nitrogen-use efficiency.

  • Development of environmentally friendly management methods for red spider mites in small-holder tomato production systems in Eastern and Southern Africa (Phase II)

    Goal: To develop an integrated and biological control programme for RSM on tomatoes in Eastern and Southern Africa Major Results Achieved: The second phase of the project started in July 2002. So far, all activities could be executed as planned with the exception of the resistance screening in Zambia due to the death of Dr. Mebelo

  • Domestication and marketing of indigenous fruit tree of the Miombo for improved household nutrition and incomes in Southern Africa

    Goal: To improve the well being of rural dwellers (farmers, marketers and consumers), in the Miombo ecosystem through improved domestication, utilization and commercialization of indigenous fruit trees and their products Major Results Achieved: The priority species list was updated in Zambia and Malawi, using more participatory approaches

  • Facilitating the widespread adoption of conservation agriculture (CA) in maize-based systems in Eastern and Southern Africa

    Major Research Domain: conservation agriculture, maize based systems, conservation tillage, zero tillage, direct seeding Goal: To improve livelihoods and food security for smallholder farmers in ESA through accelerated and widespread adoption of CA practices.

  • Integration of multipurpose trees in mixed crop-livestock watershed systems for feed production and soil conservation

    Major Research Domain: Integrated watershed management, multipurpose trees, soil fertility, improved crop-livestock systems Priority: 3 Goal: Improved natural resource management on watershed level through livestock oriented agroforestry, soil conservation and nutrient management Purpose: Develop sustainable livestock-cropping systems for small scale farmers

  • Maximising impact of food safety knowledge of street vended and informally vended foods generated by CPHP projects in West and Southern Africa using the coalition approach and extending the approach to India

    Objectives: New knowledge is generated and promoted into how national and regional innovation systems can be mobilised to sustain uptake and adoption of CPH knowledge for the benefit of the poor. Background: Previous CPHP projects have sought to improve livelihoods of street and informal food vendors and the health of consumers through the coalition approach. This project will bring together coalitions in Ghana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and develop a new one in Kolkata, India. It will explore ways of strengthening and improving the sustainability of the coalitions using the knowledge management concept, so that information is utilised more effectively by the partnerships. Packages will be developed that document the food safety management approach developed by the coalitions. Similarly, packages will be developed that document how coalitions were developed and maintained.

  • VLIR-IUC Partnership UNZI: Agricultural meteorology

    Agricultural Meteorology (AGMET) investigates the interactions between the physical factors of the environment with respect to plant development and yield in agricultural and forested productions systems. Hence, AGMET explores the underlying reasons for high and low crop yields, the water balance and water requirements of production systems, the influence of weather patterns and climate on crops and animals, the effects of wind systems on the dispersion and deposition of polluting particles carried by air masses, etc.. The project is under coodination of Prof. R. Lemeur (UGent) and Prof. O. Gwavava (UNZI).

  • VLIR-IUC Partnership UNZI: Aquatic ecology

    The specific objective of this project, therefore, is to make the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Zimbabwe into a sustainable centre of excellence for research and teaching in the field of aquatic ecology, with relevance to developmental issues. This project is under coordination of Prof. F. Ollevier (KULeuven) and Prof. B.E. Marshall (UNZI).

  • VLIR-IUC Partnership with University of Zimbabwe (UNZI)

    This Partnership programme runs for 10 years (1997-2006) under coordination of Prof. J. Florizoone from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) and Prof. G. Hapanyengwi from the University of Zimbabwe (UNZI). This programme consists of following projects: Campus Wide Computer Network; E-applications; Training in computer science; Agricultural meteorology and Aquatic ecology.