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).
80% of Zambia's population is dependent on agriculture for livelihoods.
68% of the population lives below the national poverty line.
A hard-working woman, Hilda has always worked alone. As a result, the crops she produced barely fed her family. Natural disasters such as floods and droughts, wildlife and plunderers would often destroy her crops. She and her family would often go without sufficient food. Hilda received training from ADRA in community gardening, conservation farming and crop production techniques and was provided with vital resources including watering cans and seeds. A treadle pump was built in her community and a food processing centre opened. ADRA taught her to collaborate for greater selling power. She is no longer struggling and is helping orphans in her community.