Eswatini Livestock Value Chain Development Project
The Eswatini Livestock Value Chain Development Programme (ELVCDP)
The Eswatini Livestock Value Chain Development Programme (ELVCDP) aims to contribute to economic growth and job creation, poverty reduction, gender equality and women empowerment in the country. It aims to create economic opportunities for smallholder farmers, women and youth through strengthening the livestock value chain, following on the national Agriculture Investment plan and on the Africa-EU Alliance. It will support enterprise development, sustainable use of rangeland in poverty-stricken communities and improved access to domestic and international markets, taking advantage of the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement.
This project is funded by EU and its lifespan is 5 years (April 2020 – March 2025).
The overall development objective(s) to which the project, and therefore this programme estimate, is to contribute to economic growth and job creation, poverty reduction, and gender equality and women empowerment in the country.
The purpose of the project, and therefore of this programme estimate, is to provide support to agriculture to eradicate food insecurity while contributing to sustainable economic growth.
The project will be located under five (5) chiefdoms which fall under (5) Tinkhundla. These are; Gangakhulu chiefdom under Lubulini Inkhundla, Luhlekweni chiefdom under Somntongo Inkhundla, Bambitje chiefdom under Matsanjeni Inkhundla, Zinyane chiefdom under mhlangatane Inkhundla and Mlindzini chiefdom under Gege Inkhundla.
The expected results from the activities carried out over the period covered by this Programme Estimate are:
- Improved smallholder livestock productivity, with a more inclusive management of assets at community/household level
- Inclusive, efficient and transparent markets for livestock products
- New SMEs established, jobs created in a more sustainable and inclusive value chain