An investigation into the impact of productive asset creation (PAC) project in ensuring food security for subsistence farmers in Rushinga district ward 21
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The purpose of the study was to investigate the impact of PAC (Productive Asset Creation) Project in ensuring food security for subsistence farmers in ward 21 of Rushinga District in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland Central Province. The research used both quantitative, qualitative and the case study approach. Research instruments used in this study include in-depth interview guides, focused group discussions, questionnaires and observations. In ward 21, PAC Project implemented projects such as rehabilitation of a dip tank, construction of weir dams and nutrition gardens. The study found out that many people are benefiting from PAC Project as evidenced by improved cattle production since cattle death and diseases were reduced through dipping. Maize yield also improved through irrigation. It has also been found that people got fish from weir dams as well using the water for various other domestic chores. The study revealed that not all people benefited from the inception of the Project mainly due to it being poorly resourced especially in terms of irrigation equipment. This Project has highlighted the need for NGOs and Government to join hands in the provision of enough irrigation equipment, strict weir dam management practices, maintenance and practice of proper management of a dip tank and nutrition gardens.
- Department of Geography