Zambia Self Sustaiable Farming Project
To develop community self sustainable farms in the 10 major districts of Zambia, using community land in partnership with local elders, by establishing a community volunteer group to run each farm, with allocated proceeds helping community schools and widows, with any excess funds used for expansion
January 2018 - December 2019
Charity information: Feed The Hungry, Uk
The main problem is to find local solutions to rural poverty in Zambia, caused by a high death rate due to HIV which has caused a high percentage of men to die, leaving very young widows with families without the means to live never mind being able to send children to school. This has left the widows with very little skill in land propagation, learning productive crop management or finding the means to finance water resources to produce high yield crops.
Further to testing the program successfully in Mazabuka, Zambia, the aim is to extend the program to 10 further locations across Zambia, to be effective farms in their own right but also used as resources to train other villages on how to use community land to help those most in need, currently from 3 plots of land in Mazabuka, for an investment of less than £3,000 per farm this now assist 3,500 children and widows, the aim would be to increase this to a further 10 farms over the next 2 years.
To develop community based farms to help widows and orphans
Activities» To works with local communities to establish local plans
To have a register of widows and children that have been assisted through the farms or schools supported by the program
To develop food production facilities to enhance the product for higher levels of income for widows.
Activities» Resource the local groups with simple packaging and food processing, such as peanut butter presses, sausage machines and packaging facilities.
To have a product register and schedule of where and to whom the food is provided for producing food products, such as jams, peanut butter or sausage manufacture.
To effectively introduce feeding programs into community schools to encourage children into school.
Activities» Provide cooking facilities in the schools, as well as cutlery and plates to facilitate the schools in providing meals from the community farms.
To have a register of widows assisted as well as a school register with how many children helped
The long term aim of the project is that poor communities are enriched by helping the widows and orphans and then develop a strategy of local duplication of the projects through self funding.
The main risk to the project is local communities not taking ownership of the farms, then allowing the project to dilapidated, this is eliviated by agreeing a local memorandum of understanding, that includes a commitment to establish a local steering group and volunteers to run the project, and then handing back the land to the community with the guarantee of commitment before any investment is made.
Reports will be made on a 3 monthly basis outlining the project development, register of communities comitted to the project and how advanced those projects are in development.
Budget - Project Cost: £30,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £3,000 Land registration To register 10 plots of land in the programs name £7,500 Bore holes 10 x bore holes £3,000 Water storage 10x gravity fed water storage tanks £2,500 Water towers 10 x steel water storage towers £4,000 Water irrigation system 10x locally made irrigation pipework £6,000 Fencing 10 x set of fencing £2,000 Farming tools 10 x set of farming tools £2,000 Training 10 x set of training
Zambia is among the countries in sub-Saharan Africa most seriously affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. An estimated 40,000-90,000 AIDS-related deaths would have occurred by the end of 2000. At the beginning of the epidemic in the mid-80s and early 90s, the majority of AIDS-related deaths in the adult population occurred among men in the age group 20- 45 years. A period when they were at their most productive. Loss of the breadwinners had an immense economic and financial impact on widows.
The 2 areas we are mainly wanting to benefit are young widows and children in non funded community schools established in the poorest rural areas.
In May 2016 we walked into a village of Hapway 15 miles North West of Mazabuka, and sat with one young widow after another with children. Before long we realised that their was one man left in the village, the other man they had buried that day.The problem the widows told us, we do not know how to farm, and what food we grow will not pay for education
Feed he hungry, is a fast growing charity in the UK and its core values is to assist those who are the poorest and most vulnerable in society and as such we look at with long term goals as we appreciate that the research and development for this project needed to be thorough. For the past 4 years we have been testing out various crops, crop rotations and crop durability establishing cost controls, training procedures and delivery methods to take the project onto the next level of multiple sites.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
As Project Director Tebuho Mulala has taken the lead role in Zambia in developing the Mazabuka Rural Community Farm partnership and farming program.