The Making Agriculture a Business project will run for a period of four and a half years and aims to harness the potential of small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs as champions of economic development mainly in the four districts of Chisamba, Kapiri Mposhi, Kabwe and Mumbwa in Central Province, Zambia.
The £1.3 million Scottish Government grant which will be disbursed at intervals over a five year period (October 2017 to March 2022) will be used to ensure that selected subsistence farmer and entrepreneurs are empowered to effectively harness business opportunities for economic growth by acquiring the relevant business skills, organisational capacity and access to resources for application in their businesses.
The project is being implemented by the Joint Country Programme in Zambia (Christian Aid, DanChurchAid and Norwegian Church Aid) in partnership with Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ).
October 2017 to March 2022
4000 farmers/entrepreneurs in Zambia
Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ)
Strathclyde University SE4D (Sustainable Energy for Development)
Cooperative College Scotland
Christian Aid Scotland Governance Advisor Charles Gay with CHAZ Project Manager Dorothy Chiluba during the launch of the project.
The project will address some of the challenges faced by small-scale farmers, including low business skills, inappropriate support infrastructure, constrained market opportunities, and limited production capacity.
By the end of the project, targeted beneficiaries should have acquired sufficient skills in enterprise development, business management and financial literacy, all of which are key to promoting sustainable development and wealth creation.
The project aims to impact the livelihoods and resilience of farmers and entrepreneurs, with a focus on the most marginalised including women, young people and people with disabilities.
The project will improve communication and processes between stakeholders, for example farmers, commodity traders, agricultural dealers and input suppliers, and bulk buyers from urban settlements.
While the project is only in its initial stages, we have mobilised 200 self-help groups in the four target areas and conducted training in cooperative awareness and start up, leadership, management and governance.
Training has been held on entrepreneurship and farming as a business, as well as Gender, Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) which will be rolled out to the groups by our field facilitators over the coming year.
Borehole drilling and the setup of sustainable energy led drip irrigation systems will be installed in the four areas in the coming months.