In pursuit ofself- sufficiency and a food surplus economy, the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe identified Food Security and Nutrition as one of the four strategic clusters in its new economic blue print titled Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset) launched in October 2013.
Ultimately, the Food Security and Nutrition Cluster seeks to build a prosperous, diverse and competitive food security and nutrition sector that contributes significantly to national development through the provision of an enabling environment for sustainable economic empowerment and social transformation.
The Food Security and Nutrition Cluster programmes are aligned to and informed by the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP), Draft Comprehensive Agriculture Policy Framework (2012-2032), the Food and Nutrition Security Policy, the Zimbabwe Agriculture Investment Plan (2013-2017), SADC and COMESA Food and Nutrition Frameworks.
Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset):October 2013-December 2018.
Zim Asset, which is set to guide the economic direction of the country until December 2018 sets a new trajectory of accelerated economic growth and wealth creation.
This Results Based Agenda, which is built around the following four strategic clusters namely; Food Security and Nutrition; Social Services and Poverty Eradication; Infrastructure and Utilities; and Value Addition and Beneficiation is set to enable Zimbabwe to achieve economic growth and reposition the country as one of the strong and sustainable economies in the region and Africa.
The new policy document, Zim Asset was also crafted to achieve sustainable development and social equity anchored on indigenization, empowerment and employment creation which will be largely propelled by the judicious exploitation of the country’s abundant human and natural resources.
The Plan is expected to consolidate the gains brought about by the Land Reform, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment and Employment Creation Programmes, which have empowered the communities through Land Redistribution, Community Share Ownership Trusts and Employee Share Ownership Schemes, among others.