Large, sparsely populated and politically stable, Zambia has vast agricultural potential.
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 Religions: Christianity, Traditional Beliefs
KAOMA FARM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Increasing crop and livestock production of farmland owned by Cheshire Community Care Centre will help the orphanage become self-sufficient in food production and less reliant on external funding.
IRISH AID LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Luwingu & Mbala
A five-year Irish Aid-funded programme with the goal of improving the livelihoods, health status, and food and nutrition security of 17,000 poor households with a particular focus on vulnerable groups.
NUTRITION SENSITIVE AGRI-FOOD VALUE CHAINS
This three year project seeks to stremghten the availability, accessibility and consumption of diverse, safe nutritious foods for improved household nutrition and health by developing methods of processing foods in ways that maintain or enhance their nutrition content.
ENHANCED LIVESTOCK TRADE & ENTERPRISE II
Working with District Livestock Associations and goat farmers, the ELITE project aims to improve productivity and strengthen their position within the goat value chain by improving sector coordination, formalisation of processes, and developing market information systems.
By assisting farmer groups to kick-start their solar drying businesses, the project aims to increase the production volumes of vegetables available for home consumption and sale and ensure consumers are gaining the maximum nutritional benefit from the products.
STRENGTHENING CLIMATE RESILIENCE IN THE KAFUE SUB-BASIN
Central, Southern & Lusaka Provinces
The projects is assisting communities in highly vulnerable areas to identify and address the effects of climate change in their local development plans and access funding for community adaptation projects.
IMPROVING SMALLHOLDER ACCESS TO QUALITY SEED
Mpika & Lundazi
The project works with Seed Grower Associations and their smallholder farmer membership to test how various types of indigenous legumes perform under conservation agriculture practices in the different geographical regions of Zambia.
PATHWAYS TO SELF-RELIANCE FOR REFUGEES IN ZAMBIA
Kalumbila & Kaoma
This UNHCR-funded project aims to build the self-reliance of refugees in the host community. Vulnerable households will be assigned a plot of land, training in agriculture, and other social and economic links.