Large, sparsely populated and politically stable, Zambia has vast agricultural potential.
Gorta-Self Help Africa’s largest project is a five-year Irish Aid funded local development project that commenced in Northern Province in early 2013.
Programme focus is on two key areas: sustainable agriculture and nutrition.
Current projects cover: food and nutrition security; research into and production of improved varieties of seeds; rural enterprise development; savings and credit; income generation; watershed management; sustainable agriculture and environmental rehabilitation.
The country programme works primarily through farmer commodity producer groups, seed producer groups, research stations, local NGOs, civil society organisations and local government to reach smallholder farmers.
Full Name: Republic of Zambia
Population: 14.07 Million (UN Data 2012)
Area: 581,309 SQ KM (224,080 SQ Miles)
Major Languages: English (Official),Bemba, Tonga, Numerous indigenous languages
Major Regions: Christianity, Traditional Beliefs
KAOMA FARM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Increasing production of farmland owned by Cheshire Homes Orphanage to help the orphanage become self-sufficient and able to generate an income.
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Luwingu & Mbala
A five-year programme with the goal of improving the livelihoods, health status, and food and nutrition security of 16,000 poor households with a particular focus on women and vulnerable groups.
ENHANCED LIVESTOCK, TRADE & ENTERPRISE
Chipata, Katete & Chadiza
Promoting sustainable agricultural practices and improving market access, specifically in the area of goat meat, groundnut and sunflower production.
ENHANCED LIVESTOCK, TRADE & ENTERPRISE II
Chipata, Katete & Chadiza
ELITE II is targeting the organisations tasked with representing the smallholder farmers; the Livestock Producer Groups and District Livestock
INTEGRATED NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT & SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT
Using a watershed management approach to achieve the conservation of the natural resources on which the farmers depend.
STRENGTHENING CLIMATE RESILIENCE IN THE KAFUE SUB-BASIN
Central, Southern & Lusaka Provinces
This project is assisting communities in highly vulnerable areas to identify and address the effects of climate change in their local development plans and their community development projects.
COMMUNITY-BASED SEED ENTERPRISES & PARTICIPATORY CROP IMPROVEMENT
Kafue, Chinkakata, Siavonga, Mpika, Chipata & Lundazi
Introducing innovative models of working between seed breeders, researchers and seed growers.