4. Zimbabwe Legumes Program
Legume production in Zimbabwe focuses on two key crops: soybeans, produced for human consumption and transformation into livestock feed or soybean oils; and groundnuts, a staple food that is considered less prestigious and often not supported with sufficient inputs. Although these crops are important in Zimbabwe, production has been on the decline, leading to a negative impact on national food security and the incomes of large- and smallholder processers. In recent years, more frequent and severe droughts due to climate change have led to further shortages. Most of the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Zimbabwe efforts in the legumes value chain focus on building the capacity of groundnut producers to effectively participate in the groundnut value chain. F2F focuses on improving productivity, processing and marketing; and managing aflatoxins in groundnuts. Although the focus is on groundnuts, spillover effects are expected on other legumes such as soybeans through marketing and strengthened business relationships between key players. For further information, please contact Dr. Godfrey Nehanda, CNFA Zimbabwe Country Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.