Smallholder Irrigation Revitalization Programme
Over 27,700 poor rural households will benefit from the Smallholder Irrigation Revitalization Programme (SIRP) which aims to revitalize 6,100 hectares in 152 existing smallholder irrigation schemes in the semi-arid zones in four provinces: Manicaland, Masvingo, Matabeleland South and Midlands.
The programme will cover some 46 per cent of the country's estimated total irrigation-equipped area of about 13,000 hectares. It will improve productivity and climate resilient crop production under both rainfed and irrigated conditions, through diversification of crops and increased adoption of improved varieties, combined with climate-smart agricultural practices and most importantly, enhanced access to markets. In addition, the programme will improve the management of natural resources at the village level, including soil and water conservation in the catchment areas adjacent to the irrigation schemes.
SIRP is designed to help drought-hit smallholder farmers to improve access to markets and fertilizers and adopt climate-smart agricultural practices to boost productivity so that they can generate sufficient revenues to defray the costs of operating and maintaining irrigation schemes.
In addition, the programme will allow rural households in the target districts to achieve food and nutrition security and become resilient to the effects of climate change and economic shocks.
22 September 2016
2016 - 2023
Total Project Cost
US$ 51.23 million
US$ 25.46 million
OPEC Fund for International Development US$ 15 million
National Government US$ 7.91 million
Beneficiaries US$ 2.87 million