The ZADT recognizes that in Zimbabwe there still exist challenges in access to resources which are gender based. This mostly affects women, youths and other disadvantaged members of the society who are relegated to the peripherals of development leading to overall low agricultural productivity. The ZADT therefore promotes participation of women and youths in development programmes that it funds.
Under the Create Fund Facility less than 10% of the ZADT funded agribusinesses were women owned. The Trust is currently exploring suitable financial products targeted to women and youths. The ZADT mainstreams gender even in the development of its policies, procedures, systems, practices and programming.
The Zimbabwe government has already embraced the greening economy initiative. The green growth concept is economic growth that is based on sustainable, efficient and economic use of natural resources. The ZADT through its Fund supports green initiatives which help Zimbabwean agribusinesses’ transition to a low carbon, resource efficient and climate resilient development path delivering high impact economic, environmental and social benefits. Eligible agribusinesses are therefore those that would like to invest in green initiatives such as alternative energy research and use, waste management, sustainable agriculture, and other niches as long as their operations benefit communal smallholder farmers.
The Trust is funding green growth initiatives on a pilot basis for eligible agribusinesses as it works towards setting up a full-fledged and separate Green Fund facility.
The ZADT recognizes its obligations to act responsibly, ethically and with integrity in its dealings with staff, customers, partners and the environment as a whole.Social responsibility is a duty which every individual in the organization has to perform so as to maintain a balance between the economy and the environment. This obligation resonates from the Organization’s core values of professionalism, transparency and accountability; equity; results driven, market orientation and environmental and social responsibility.