The Ministry of Finance and Economic and Development intends to implement a Sustainable Enterprise Development for Women and Youth Project in the following areas: Hauna, Bulawayo, Masvingo, Umguza and Mutoko in Zimbabwe. The proposed Sustainable Enterprise Development for Women and Youth Project is at the appraisal stage and is to be funded by an ADF grant and the Government of Zimbabwe. The development objective of the project is to improve incomes of youth and women through enhanced productivity, market access and reduced post-harvest losses for local youth and women producers in the agriculture and small-scale mining sector. Targeted communities are predominantly economically disadvantaged rural communities (Mutoko and Hauna) and drylands prone to drought (Umguza, Masvingo and Bulawayo).
An Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) has been developed as a requirement of the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and the project financer, African Development Bank (AFDB) to enhance beneficial and mitigate adverse impacts of the project to the environment and society. The ESMP provides a way to improve a project environmentally, socially and in relation to climate change, thereby enhancing its benefits. This ESMP will be used to monitor identified environmental and social impacts of the Sustainable Enterprise Development for Women and Youth Project (SEDWAY). It will also outline the mitigation and management measures, clarify responsibilities for implementation, provide an implementation plan with the necessary time schedule and costs including the monitoring measures to be implemented.