The goal of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Competitiveness Program (Zim-ACP) was to increase the competitiveness of Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector. In achieving this objective, the Zim-ACP program focused on the following:

Supporting and strengthening representative farmers unions, commodity associations and agribusiness associations and assisting them to develop their analytical and advocacy capacity, with the ultimate goal of improving the enabling agri-business environment for Zimbabwean farmers, agribusinesses and foreign investors.

  • Increasing the efficiencies in agricultural markets, developing and applying improved technologies and enhancing the capacity of institutions (e.g., ZIMACE and the warehouse receipt system) that support agricultural markets (i.e. offer important physical markets for farmers and traders, deliver hedging services that lower commercial risk, and provide effective price discovery and mechanisms for increasing liquidity that facilitate trade).
  • Enhancing the capacity of business service providers to deliver demand-driven trainings and technical assistance at a firm and farmer level.

Imani Development was subcontracted by Development Alternatives Inc. to provide and manage consultants who specialised in the fields of focus required for the project.  Imani provided two long term agricultural economists as well as short-term consultants in specialist areas including:

  • Cost benefit analysis,
  • Analysis on cost of compliance with regulations,
  • Export capacity building,
  • Agribusiness Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) training, and
  • Farmers unions support and policy work.

Achievements included:

  • Twenty studies commissioned in support of evidence-based advocacy by farmer and agribusiness representative bodies
  • Seventeen policies, regulations and administrative procedures reviewed and approved for implementation
  • GlobalGAP (an agricultural standard that covers the entire production process) was facilitated
  • Increased profitability of 511 agricultural and food security related firms
  • Farming as a Family Business (FaaFB) training provided to 11 274 business enterprises through Zim-ACP facilitated, cascaded training program in all the 8 provinces of Zimbabwe