ZVISHAVANE, Zimbabwe, Aug. 29 (Xinhua)
-- China on Tuesday handed over a
weir, a nutrition garden and orchard to the Shauke community in
Zvishavane, Zimbabwe as part of efforts to boost food security
and build the community’s resilience to climate-induced shocks.
funds through the World Food Program (WFP) Zimbabwe for the
establishment of the half-million dollars project in Zvishavane,
a semi-arid district about 344 km southwest of the capital
Work on construction
of the 39,000 cubic meter dam, a 1.3 ha nutrition garden and
orchard started in June and is scheduled for completion in
to Zimbabwe Huang Ping officiated at the the groundbreaking
ceremony at the dam site in Shauke together with WFP country
director Eddie Rowe.
said China was committed to strengthening ties with Zimbabwe,
especially in the area of food security, considering that
Zimbabwe was one of the many countries in Africa experiencing
food shortages due to bad weather.
He said China was
expanding its humanitarian support to Zimbabwe from short-term
emergency food aid to long- term resilience building to empower
poor rural communities to respond to climate-induced shocks.
“As an all-weather
friend of Zimbabwe, China fully understands the importance of
agriculture for Zimbabwe, and is more than willing to support
Zimbabwe in its efforts to increase food production and attain
food security,” the ambassador said.
China-Zimbabwe agriculture cooperation was facing new golden
opportunities with Zimbabwe’s launch of command agriculture
scheme this year aimed at boosting food production in the
The Chinese envoy
said more Chinese companies were keen to invest in Zimbabwe’s
agriculture sector, with the southern African country poised to
start citrus exports to China soon.
Rowe said the UN
agency will continue to support Zimbabwe to achieve its goal of
eliminating hunger through empowering rural communities to
create and sustain productive assets such as irrigation schemes,
dip tanks, dams and weirs.
“The Shauke weir
community garden and orchard is a prime example of the
innovative ways that WFP, with support from China and in
partnership with the government of Zimbabwe, is doing in
Zvishavane to empower people to build their future,” Rowe said.
The Shauke weir dam
will benefit 480 households and livestock while the nutrition
garden will directly benefit 80 households from surrounding
The garden will
produce a variety of vegetables for household consumption and
for sale to generate income to improve the community’s