garden_.jpgThe Food Security and Livelihoods Project generally targets poor and vulnerable households following increased food insecurity and economic vulnerability of this category of the community. This intervention offers support ranging from direct food aid to agricultural extension services meant to expand yields, lower production costs and reduce poverty. 

The concept of low-input agricultural technologies (LIAT) is being pursued and proves economical for poor urban households that are constrained by high costs of agricultural inputs, water bills and little space for farming. Business cash grants are awarded to beneficiaries with prior entrepreneurial skills and aptitude. Food security and Livelihoods intervention has contributed to enhanced food security, household income and health among the beneficiary households.

 
Small livestock production, community nutrition gardens and income generating projects are also instrumental in uplifting the lives of PLHIV in rural communities.
 
Support groups of PLHIV receive goats, indigenous chickens and guinea fowl, which they rear for household consumption and sale. A pass-on model, which allows one beneficiary to pass offspring of the small livestock to other beneficiaries, is used.
 
The community gardens cater for women and households affected by HIV. The gardens serve as community assets where vulnerable families grow vegetables to augment their nutritional needs.
 
DOMCCP provides productive assets to groups or cooperatives of PLHIV. Grinding mills, sewing machines, welding machines and honey making material have been provided to marginalised communities to promote income generation that benefits children orphaned by AIDS.
 
With financial assistance from Misean Cara, DOMCCP is also supporting a fishery project run by a support group of PLHIV around Osborne Dam in Mutasa district. DOMCCP provided a fishing boat, fishing nets and protective wear for the members of the fishing project. The project is meant to increase income for PLHIV households through fishing.
 
In order to promote sustainable farming practices and increase income for poor and vulnerable household, an integrated farm was established to cater for PLHIV, widows and orphans. With funding from Misean Cara and Raskob Foundation the farm is expected to provide sustainable economic and food security leverages for the community though a system that integrates cattle production, dairy, poultry and horticultural enterprises.
 
Savings and Lending Clubs (SILC) have come as self-help initiatives that have enabled groups of PLHIV to earn from their savings. DOMCCP has a total of 207 SILC groups that make savings from income generating projects that are also supported by DOMCCP. The savings are lent to members of the groups, thus generating interest. The Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Dorcas AID International (DAI), Misean Cara, Australian Aid and Irish Aid have been instrumental in establishment and training of the SILC groups.