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 Agricultural Productivity and Market Enhancement Project (APMEP) aims to contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction by enhancing food, income, and nutrition security among participating households. This will be achieved through development of irrigation, aquaculture, and livestock production support; crop diversification and intensification; value-chain development to promote agro-processing; and 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, construction of agro-market centers, roadside markets and access roads is expected to create more job opportunities for local communities. It also supports a strong nutrition security and capacity building sub-component that provides a number of sensitization and training sessions as well as delivery of improved planting materials and technologies to farmers.
28,722 people – 40% females – have benefited from the project as of December 2017. The project is expected to directly benefit about 75,000 people, including 33,750 women and 2,000 youths. In addition, 40,000 people will indirectly benefit from the project.
It will develop 10 small-scale irrigation schemes covering about 2,032 hectares, benefitting 4,115 rural farmers and 56 community-level mini-scale irrigation schemes that cover 895 hectares and help 8,400 farmers. Aquaculture activities will involve installing 280 fish pens and 340 fish cages, benefitting 16,000 people.
A livestock (goats/sheep) pass-on scheme will be developed for 180 women's groups (3,600 women) and 30 youth groups (600 young people). In addition, poultry management will be improved, benefitting 3,000 women and 200 young poultry keepers, and a thermal stable Newcastle vaccine will be promoted through a vaccination campaign.
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