Since 2013, MeDRA has been targeting to improve the livelihoods of target communities in 3 districts ie Gokwe South, Makonde and Muzarabani. The organisation uses the Sustainable Livelihoods approach in its programming in a bid to reduce poverty and improve food security.
The approach attempts to put people at the center of development as it takes a holistic view of how people make their living and recognises the broad range of assets and activities required to survive. The Sustainable Livelihoods Programme aims to achieve household food security through improved agricultural production, improved dietary diversity, improved nutritional status and income generation capacity of benefiting households. MeDRA’s Sustainable Livelihoods programme is reaching to households that are identified and registered as beneficiaries through the Community Profiling process. Identified beneficiaries benefit from interventions such as small livestock rearing (pigs, goats chickens and sheep), sewing, beekeeping, carpentry, Kapenta selling, fish farming and gardening. In addition the programme participants receive support and training in marketing and market linkages. Therefore advancing the right of poor people to adequate and sustainable livelihoods has been a cornerstone of MeDRA’s work for many decades.
To date 24 income generating activities have been established and these are helping in increasing household income as well as building resilience of communities against any shocks. The participating households have reported improved household food security as they are now able to fend for their families through the provision of basic commodities as well as the needed basic services. The livelihoods of the communities have improved over the years of operation.