A Situational Analysis Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Irrigation Scheme Communities in Gweru and Mberengwa of the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe

Within a period of less than 10 days, Statutory Instrument 77 of 2020 had thrown into disarray plans and operations that most irrigation communities had in place. In such a short space of time the normal lives were impacted upon by factors beyond communities’ control. Therefore, this situational report probes on how the Covid-19 pandemic has specifically affected communal irrigation farmers in Gweru and Mberengwa Districts where Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT) is working with eight irrigation schemes. The report explores not only the status of Covid-19 but also the impact and coping measures currently in place for irrigation communities. Finally, it proffers short, medium and long-term recommendations to stakeholders