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This report is based on a theoretical and field study on farmers’ rights and natural resources management carried out by the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) with a focus on the three Districts of Bikita, Insiza and Matobo with the support of Trócaire. This was done under a project titled ‘Promoting a Rights Based Approach to the Utilisation and Management of Natural Resources by Smallholder Farmers especially women in Rural Areas’. The main goal of the project is to empower women and men in targeted communities in Zimbabwe to actively engage and benefit from sustainable and resilient livelihoods. The project also sought to strengthen and empower women farmers to equitably and meaningfully engage and participate in decision making processes and to promote equitable and sustainable use and access to natural resources. Essentially, the project adopted a rights-based approach by seeking to empower smallholder women farmers to assert and claim their tenure rights over natural resources and agricultural products and to influence the formulation and implementation of laws and policies that encourage sustainable, equitable and joint management and use of natural resources.

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