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Africa University Farm Development

Africa University Farm Development

Advance #3021027

#3021027 - Developing Africa University's farm to improve instruction for agriculture students and area farmers

Annual Goal:$60,000.00
YTD Gifts:$19,791.00
Location: Africa Regional Africa
Partner:The UMC, Zimbabwe Annual Conference

Describe the need affecting the community.

Most Agriculture students come to Africa University needing to gain hands-on experience in crops and livestock, both in their production and in finance. Agriculture students and staff also need facilities for research. The AU Dining hall needs a reliable and reasonably priced source of foodstuffs to feed staff and students. The present macro-environment in Zimbabwe makes farming very economically challenging, so it is difficult to make sufficient profits to buy new equipment, replace old equipment and initiate new projects. Also, with global warming, there has been an increased need for more and more efficient water resources for irrigation.

How will this Advance project help to address the need?

The Farm Development Fund helps to improve the infrastructure to increase efficiency and meet local environmental regulations. It also brings in better equipment for more efficient use of labor, and to help students become familiar with modern equipment.

Describe the primary goal of the project.

The primary goals of the AU Farm are to: 1. Provide facilities for Agricultural teaching and research by the AU Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 2. Provide safe, reliable, and reasonably priced food for the AU Community, including the campus dining hall which serves staff and students. 3. Generate income for AU.

Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.

The success of the project will be measured by: -Calculating the productivity of the crops and livestock and comparing to local standards. -Determining the profitability of the different enterprises. -Observing that AU agriculture grads are able to find and/or create jobs in agriculture as a result of their training.

Budget and Financial Information

Income

Annual Advance Financial Goal
$60,000.00
Local Financial Support
$0.00
Livestock sales
$485,000.00
Crop sales
$185,000.00
$730,000.00

Expense

livestock
$485,000.00
crops
$185,000.00
Develeopment Projects
$60,000.00
$730,000.00

Missionary Serving this Project

Lawrence J. Kies
Margaret Jane Kies

Project Contact

Larry Kies
(263)-20-61611

Global Ministries Contact

Lorrie King
(404) 460-7561