The ZADT hosted a stakeholder’s conference on the 27th of September 2018 at Wild Geese Lodge in Harare. The event ran under the theme “Leveraging Partnerships for Inclusive Smallholder Agricultural Finance and Development”. In attendance were over 100 stakeholders from various institutions including participating financial institutions in the disbursement of the ZADT Fund, current and prospective borrowing agribusinesses, representatives of smallholder farmers linked to the various funded value chain actors and other stakeholders involved in the development of smallholder farmers. Stakeholders also had an opportunity to set up exhibition stands to display their products and make presentations on selected topics.
Ms. Patience Magodo Founder and Managing Consultant of Tafadzwa Ne Chiedza Development Trust and Mr. Paul Zakariya, Executive Director for Zimbabwe Farmers Union were Panelists and Co-Guest Speakers. Mr. Zakariya called for a mind-set change, particularly the framing of smallholder farmers who are still viewed as associated with high risk and low productivity. He also said access to affordable financing, training and investment in value addition ventures, was central to transforming smallholder farmers’ output. Read more at: