The Government of Zambia’s development agenda is articulated in the National Vision 2030, which reflects Zambia’s aspirations to be a prosperous middle-income country by 2030. It highlights agriculture as one of the key sectors in achieving sustainable economic growth and reducing poverty due to rich natural resources, especially arable land. About 70% of the rural population’s livelihoods rely on the sector, and the country has developed sub-sector strategies in crops, extension, irrigation, livestock, fisheries, agricultural marketing, agricultural credit and finance, farm power and mechanization, forestry and cooperatives.
The Agriculture Productivity and Market Enhancement Project (APMEP) contributes to economic growth and poverty reduction by enhancing food security, income, and nutrition among participating households. APMEP achieves this objective through the development of irrigation, aquaculture, and livestock production support, through crop diversification and intensification, through value chain development to promote agro-processing, and through agriculture service centers. It supports the establishment of infrastructure to create job opportunities including the construction of three livestock service centers in Chongwe, Chitambo, and Gwemb. The continued establishment of irrigation schemes and construction of agro-market centers, roadside markets, and access roads are expected to create more job opportunities for local communities. APMEP also supports strong nutrition and capacity-building subcomponents that provide a number of sensitization and training sessions as well as deliver improved planting materials and technologies to farmers.
To date, 45,650 people, 42 percent of whom have been women, have benefited from the project. It is expected to directly benefit about 75,000 people, including 33,750 women and 2,000 youth. The project has provided irrigation management and operations trainings for 90 staff and farmers in catchment districts and established 10 water user associations (WUAs) at 12 irrigation sites. To date, 3,122 hectares of land have been leveled. The project has implemented an e-voucher system that has reached 4,500 farmers and input packs that cover 12,151 hectares of land crop diversification and intensification. To stock more than 40 farm ponds, the project has delivered simple food processing and preparation equipment and 320,000 fingerlings in Rufunsa, Chitambo and Serenje and 30,000 fingerlings to farmers in Chitambo. Heifer International has been engaged in livestock (sheep/goats) activities where 80 livestock pass-on groups (71 women and 9 youth) and 65 poultry keeping groups have been formed, and 2 livestock service centers have been established.
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