Zimbabwe Country Overview
Zimbabwe is bordered by South Africa in the South, Botswana in the West, Zambia to the North and Mozambique to the East. Two prominent rivers also mark Zimbabwe‘s borders, the Zambezi River to the North and the Limpopo River to the south. A third major river system, the Save drains to the east through Mozambique. All three major systems drain into the Indian Ocean. Zimbabwe‘s population was estimated at approximately 12 million people (2007 population projection CSO). Farming systems in Zimbabwe consist of three major undertakings, namely crop farming, livestock and cash crop farming. Crop farming is practised by the majority of the population while livestock farming is concentrated in the drier regions of the country. Cash crop farming is restricted to tobacco, cotton, horticulture and sugar. Agriculture is a dominant and significant sector in the Zimbabwe economy. It contributes 19% of GDP and up to 60% of total domestic employment. Agriculture is a major supplier of raw materials to the local industry for downstream beneficiation. The climatic experienced in Zimbabwe favours agricultural production of a wide range of crops and livestock including fisheries and forestry though on a smaller scale.

Key Statistics
Population 12,754,000 (2011) Source: SADC Statistics Unit
Employed in Agriculture N/A
GDP (USD) 8,865,427,917 (2011) Source: SADC Statistics Unit
GDP Agriculture Share (%) 15.53 (2011) Source: SADC Statistics Unit
National Budget (USD) 2250000000 (2010) Source: Zimbabwe Ministry of Finance
Agriculture Budget (%) 270000000 (2010) Source: Zimbabwe Ministry of Finance

Latest Maize Balance (MT)
Year 2011
Availability 1,821,629
Requirement 2,337,325
Deficit-515,696
Source: Zimbabwe NEWU

Food Insecurity Numbers
Year 2010
Consumption Period 2010/2011
Total Vulnerable 1,287,937
Source: SADC RVAA
Recent Staple Crop Production (Maize)
yearproduction
2015742,226
20141,456,000
2013798,596
2012968,041
20111,451,629

Recent Livestock Population (Cattle)
yearpopulation
20105,156,753
20095,221,720
20085,106,673
20075,011,840
20065,048,218
Provincial figures
Provincial Crop Production