Forests Sustainably Managed For Communities, Environment and Shock Resilience (Forest Forces 2014-2018)

The Forest Forces project which is being funded by the European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is being implemented in Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South and Manicaland provinces. The implementing partners are Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS), Environment Africa (EA), Practical Action (PA), SAFIRE and the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA). The overall objective of the project is to improve food security of vulnerable rural communities in Chimanimani, Mutasa, Hwedza, Mutoko, Lupane, Hwange, Bulilima and Matobo districts through participatory sustainable forest management and valorization of forest products, diversified livelihoods strategies and enhanced capacity to deal with shocks.

In order to ensure diversified sources of income and food, the project is supporting integration of tree establishments into existing agricultural activities. Farmers are expected to establish tree nurseries in supporting agroforestry activities. Nurseries will provide seedlings for trees to be integrated into farming systems through agroforestry, as a bid to achieve the goal of improving food security for rural communities.