The FARMS project, standing for Food security through Agro-based and Resilience Market Smallholder farmers project, focuses on improving the livelihoods, market opportunities and incomes of 6,000 small-scale farmers and their families in eastern Zambia. Through training, increased production and productivity, the goal is to contribute towards poverty reduction among small-scale farmers, their families and the wider community. Employment opportunities will also be created for selected farmers who will be trained as entrepreneurs to provide their services.
This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
Increasing Livelihood Opportunities – How is ADRA helping?
Zambia is one of many countries where ADRA is helping to improve income opportunities for families and individuals, helping to lift them out of poverty.
We have ongoing livelihood projects that have been developed in collaboration with trusted partners and communities to build more sustainable lives which in turn creates food security and keeps children in school. Examples of ADRA livelihoods project activities include:
– Training on effective planting and harvesting techniques
– Animal rearing training
– Business opportunities for people with disabilities
– Educating farmers on the safe use of pesticides
– Introducing new seed varieties and climate-resilient crops
– Increased access to markets
– Village savings and loans associations, Women’s Self-Help group
– Improved diet and nutrition from new crops
80% of Zambia's population is dependent on agriculture for livelihoods.
68% of the population lives below the national poverty line.
My name is Wilson, and I am 25 years old. I live in Zambia with my mother, my grandmother and my siblings. I have always been called ‘chilema’, meaning the ‘paralytic’. People thought I would only be a burden to those around me. I was born with a disability in my hand and leg.
A community volunteer encouraged me to participate in ADRA’s program. We were taught how to take care of chickens. Then, we were each given five chickens. By following all the things we were taught by ADRA, I now have 50 chickens!
Whenever I need anything or if my brother or sister needs a uniform or books, I catch one chicken and sell it in order to get money for what is needed. I couldn’t continue with school due to my disability, so I am happy to be supporting my siblings so they can continue with their education.
I am very respected here at home as a result of this chicken project. I am grateful to you for the help that you have given me through ADRA. Thank you very much.