Partner:The UMC, Zambia Annual Conference
Describe the need affecting the community.
We are working with the Lunda people of extreme North West Zambia. They have the highest infant mortality rates and lowest life expectancy of all tribes in Zambia. The greatest need is to improve protein, vitamin and mineral content in the local diet and help families to increase incomes so they can provide for schooling, medical care, clothing, additional foods, etc.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
We are continuing to expand egg and milk production. We hope to have electricity soon, which will help with refrigeration, processing, and packaging of our products for better storage and longer shelf life. We have encouraged and are planting our own soybeans. Together with corn, we can produce concentrates that will permit hogs to grow from day old to over 100 kg in only 5.5 months. Getting farmers to use better genetics, vaccinations, and balanced feeds will greatly increase animal production in the area. Animal manure is essential to higher yields of feed and food crops in the area. We do demonstration plots to show the efficacy of using animal manures efficiently to increase the productivity of fields.
Describe the primary goal of the project.
The original goals and objectives of the project were to increase protein, minerals and vitamins in the diet to reduce the very high infant mortality and low life expectancy of the Lunda People. It was also to help the Lunda People to increase family incomes by becoming more effective and efficient farmers. Our long-term impact is to help to make the Lunda farmers and their families competitive in agricultural pursuits that are favored by the high rainfall and abundant land that is available here. These include milk production, fruit production, meat production, gardening, field crop production, etc.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.
I can measure our success in the numbers of eggs sold each day into the local villages. I can measure success in the numbers of children who can pay their school fees and complete a high school education. I can measure success in the numbers of people who increasingly are requesting training at our site. I can measure success in the decreasing numbers of children I see who are suffering from extreme protein, vitamin and mineral deficiencies. I can even measure success in the increasing height of the young workers who come to our site looking for work, and their ability to speak English (the national language) and can write and do math.
Budget and Financial Information
Annual Advance Financial Goal
Local Financial Support
In kind support from Chief Kanyama--1000 Hec. land
Labor at project site