This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R7304: Zimbabwe: Micro-catchment management
and common property resources.
Scaling up of the productive use of water, especially through use of
irrigated gardens, is cutting poverty in southern Africa. High livestock
densities, damage to the environment and small, uneconomic holdings lead
to widespread poverty. Developing strategies for sustainable livelihoods
and managing common property resources is the best way to fight poverty.
In particular, water points (wells, boreholes, dams) act as incubators
for economic and institutional development and empowerment. They can
therefore help to alleviate poverty while building capacity and
self-respect. Various NGOs are using these approaches in the semi-arid
zones of southern Zimbabwe and South Africa's Limpopo province. These
include CARE (in small dam construction and rehabilitation), Plan (in
water development and enhancing communities' livelihoods and
empowerment), the Lutheran World Federation and GTZ (structured
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (14 pp.) taken from the CD.
NRSP18, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 115.