Fish Farming to increase source of proteins and reducing undernourishment in Mumbwa District
Lead Applicant Organization Name
Shamz Stephen General Dealers
Lead Applicant Organization Type
Small company (under 50 employees)
How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?
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Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?
Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?
What country is your selected Place located in?
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
I was born and raised in the place hence I known how difficult it is to have source of proteins in this area. I have already bought a land site where I want to construct the ponds and there is a market of over 100000 population with cheap source of labour.
Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.
Nangoma as a constituency is dominated by farming activities and more than 75% of the inhabitants are peasant farmers. The only people who are in employment are those employed in different ministries of the government such as ministry of education, agriculture, health, community development and those who are working for the ginning companies. The place is slowly attracting a lot of investments due to the presence of electricity and its proximity to Lusaka the capital city of Zambia.
The staple food that is highly consumed in the area is Nshima which is made out of maize mealie meal. Nshima is served with relish which comes into different forms but mostly people would rather serve it with vegetables alone without any protein due to lack of foods.
Nangoma Constituency is a very flat low land with very few mountains and it is characterized with roam soil and few clay soil in some dump patches. The land is relatively fertile for agriculture and also rich with ground water with very few year round streams.
The land is inhabited by a mixture of tribes though the Bantu Botatwe are the indigenous and prominent population with Sala (a combination of Tonga, Ila and Lenje) being the most spoken language. Most of the traditions have been abandoned due to the coming in of Chrisitianity belief hence most people are Christians with different churches. The few traditions remaining are rite of transition rituals, wedding rituals and cleansing of the widowed rituals. The land is inhabited by black Africans only though they are mixed with some from outside Zambia.
Mumbwa district is a very much rural district hence most of the areas is rural. Nangoma is a rural constituency with more than 100000 population.
Agriculture is the number 1 employer of most people as farming is the only viable means of survival for most of the inhabitants. It is through that they are able to pay school fees, bride price, health related fees and other day to day costs incurred by these families. Hence, farming is the anchor and backbone of the constituency. The only problem is that the family is entirely depended on rain water. Agriculture constitutes about 80% of the total GDP for the area and this is mostly done at small scale with Cotton and Soya beans being the leading cash crops.
There hope is to have a time when farming inputs are reduced while the prices of produce goes up. They also hope for the day when they can have support for the farming inputs and a dedicated clients for their fresh produce. Anything that borders on reducing inputs cost and increasing price of produce.
Due to lack of needed components of nutrients, many children become either malnourished or stunted hence, affecting their normal growth into adulthood. This has also affected their performances at school. They are always hungry and without key nutrients in the body and to those who have money it is difficult for them to source fresh fish because it is fetched from far away.
What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
The basic challenges people are facing currently are;
-Lacking adequate food nutrients due to lack of proteins providing foods
-High costs of farming inputs
-Lack of conventional and advanced mode of farming technology
-Lack of adequate water source (Rivers, streams, boreholes etc)
- Poor diety
- Excess climate change and global warming due to deforestation resulting from charcoal burning
- High costs of farming inputs
- Depreciation and elasticity of demand in agriculture
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
By constructing ponds and fish farming in general the community will benefit through;
- Savings on the costs of fish
-Employment and contracts to supply to the business some needed things
-Afforestation that will be led by the business
-Increased food varieties
High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.
Firstly having have enough and balanced diet through the project most babies and children will have a health life thereby reducing malnutrition and increasing health living.
For those who will have the opportunity to work for the organisation will have employment and assured monthly income which will increase their standards of living.
The project will also provides business for those who will be supplying diverse commodities to the firm hence, they will be far better off than they are today.
The project will also helps in the circulation of money in the system thereby increasing the strengthen of the currency and promoting other economic activities.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
-Improved Living standards
-Increased economic activities
How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?