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100% INCREASE IN SMALLHOLDER PRODUCTIVITY AND INCOME TO ENHANCE FOOD SECURITY IN ORDER TO END MALNUTRITION AND HUNGER

To empower small scale farmers and entrepreneurs economically while ensuring Food and Nutrition security for all.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Tivwane Money Solutions

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

Website of Legally Registered Entity

http://www.facebook.com/timvwanemoney

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

KATETE DISTRICT EASTERN PROVINCE OF ZAMBIA.

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

ZAMBIA ( SOUTHERN AFRICA)

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

EASTERN PROVINCE OF ZAMBIA. Covering three districts Lundazi, chipata and Petauke districts about 500kms far apart.

What country is your selected Place located in?

ZAMBIA (southern Africa)

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Katete District of Eastern province of Zambia.( selected place)

we discovered that most of youths and farmers in district  are just productive during rain season such as December to May, But June to October most of them are not productive even when they have resource available such as fertile land, dams, rivers with sufficient water.

we further discovered that in place women and youths are  lacking education on new farming technologies and horticultures farming. Lack of sufficient funds to  purchase farming inputs such as irrigations equipment like treadle pumps, solar water pumps, agriculture inputs such seeds, fertilizers, chemicals etc.. for small scale farmers to practice horticulture farming and maximize the profit during dry season rather than depending on Government to give them free farming imputes under (FSP )Farming support program to use for rain fed crops which has been proven not to be helpful since they grow only maize of which the price is controlled by government hence making most of farmers not to earn more profit which has increases the levels of poverty and nutrition in rural area.


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.

Eastern Province is one of Zambia's ten provinces. The province lies between the Luangwa River and borders with Malawi to the east and Mozambique to the south, from Isoka in the northeast to the north of Luangwa in the south.The provincial capital is Chipata. will scale up operation in three districts such as Chipata, Lundazi, petauke. 

Our headquarter office is located in Katete District with headquarters at Katete in Eastern Province, Zambia. eastern province includes woodland in the north sloping down into the Luangwa Valley, good farmland amid rocky hills in the center, and deforested plateau exposed to soil erosion and degradation in the south along the border with Mozambique. the district has a population of 189,250 people.

 Eastern Province has a population of 1,592,661, accounting to 12.16% of the total Zambian population. Chewa is the largest community in the region with 39.7 per cent of the total population and Chewa was is most widely spoken language with 34.6 per cent speaking it. 

On the tourism front, the province has four national parks, while the Nc'wala festival celebrated in Chipata District by the Ngoni tribe during February is the most prominent festival in the province. Agriculture is the major occupation in the province which accounts for 20.41 per cent of the total area cultivated in Zambia.The province accounted for 19.61 per cent of the total agricultural production in the country with sunflower and  maize being the major crop. Chipata Airport and Mfuwe Airport are the two airports in the province. 

The history of the province is centered around the Chewa people who under the rule of Kalonga Gawa Undi established a vast empire extending to modern day Central Malawi and the northeastern part of Tete Province in Mozambique.[4] The chieftains of the empire exercised control over the territory in modern times. The most notable of them was Kalonga Gawa Undi X, whose regime started in 1954. By 1957, he joined Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula's political, the chewa traditional ceremony take place in August every year in Katete District. 


What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

150000

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

 Our current challenges (2020) and future (2050) food system is that while Eastern province of Zambia is rich in resources such good farmland   policies do not support success of small-scale farmers. creating a good   system that support small scale farms in an environment of agriculture sector requires a long-term plan both in time and investment, this is because short plan production practices challenge the growth of sustainable, local farming options. Below are a few examples:

Diet: despite the district being  rich in resources and good farmland  Malnutrition from hunger causes a wide range of health problems and millions of deaths each year An astonishing one in Africans - about 260 million people - suffers from hunger Surprisingly, many of them are farmers operating at just 40 percent of their capacity

Economics: No Financial Access - traditionally, farmers must borrow money from unregulated local lenders at high interest rates to cover the costs of planting, harvesting, Low-Quality Resources - high-quality seeds and fertilizer are necessary to maximize crop yields, but often are too expensive for farmers to afford. Insufficient funding by Organization (Tivwane Money Solution) has made impossible for most of scale farmers to access irrigation equipment loans.

Access to agriculture loans has been difficult to most of small scale farmers due to high cost of borrowing such as high upfront cost of purchasing farming inputs, this has prevent most of customers  to get asset loan.

Policy: No Access To Markets due to poor government policy to create market opportunities to small scale farmers to sell their produce - farmers must often sell their crops to consolidators at a low price because they lack access to viable markets. Lack of support from Government and donors to support subsidized agricultural finance has enabled most of small scales fail to access farming inputs such Fertilizers, irrigation equipment.

Limited Agricultural Skills due to poor agriculture policy by government to educate scale farmers - farmers often lack technical assistance and training in modern agricultural techniques that improve the quality and yield of crops.

Culture: lack of awareness and capacity building regarding sustainable agriculture practices, lack of capacity-building programs to farmers on agricultural practices and technologies due resistant by small scale farmers to adopt new agricultural practices and technologies hence continue to use old culture of farming which is not sustainable.

Environment : Lack of Facilitating adaptation to climate change through solar irrigation technology and environmental. 



Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

To mitigate Diet challenge: We encourage all farmers doing horticulture farming. Those going to benefit will be growing  crops which are most nutritious: Green leafy vegetables such as kale, chard, collard greens, spinach, parsley and dark green and red leaf lettuce are high in carotenoids and best eaten raw in salads, on healthy sandwiches, lightly steamed or in nutritious soup, Red and Green Peppers are great in salads and healthy stir-fries. Garlic and Onions are most nutritious eaten raw in salads or healthy dips.

To mitigate the challenge of economics: Our vision is to provide financial services and choice in crop selection, women farmers preferred crops that would contribute to household dietary diversity while promoting food and nutrition security.    

To Improve the productivity of smallholders by paying particular attention to rural women and young people. Promote on and off-farm economic and employment opportunities though technical advice, increased market access, more inclusive financial services (including risk management), provision of infrastructure that links rural and urban regions, and human resource development.

To support financial inclusion of smallholders and rural people through increased and sustainable access to a variety of financial services – savings, credit, remittances and insurance, etc. – to enable them to invest in productive activities, both agricultural and nonagricultural, and protect themselves against risk. 

To mitigate market challenges: Will Strengthen smallholder access to markets and agricultural services, paying special attention to gender equality which is essential for increasing smallholder productivity and incomes and achieving sustainable economic development. our vision is to Promote cooperative and farmers’ organizations which  facilitate equal access for women and men to knowledge, credit/finance and technology, services and markets, and help rural workers improve their productivity and incomes.

To mitigate Policy and culture challenges: Our vision is to  provide entrepreneurship and skills training for smallholders, waged agricultural workers and rural workers in general, paying special attention to women and youth, to acquire the skills necessary to improve productivity, start their own businesses and take up employment opportunities in other sectors of the economy. 

upon adoption of solar energy use, we will be able to reduce farmer’s vulnerability to climate change which result into hunger, energy-related co2 emissions by introducing renewable energy technology as a substitute for fossil fuel (paraffin and diesel) in rural areas remote from the national electricity grid and improving people’s livelihoods by improving their access to and affordability of modern energy service

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.


By 2050, will  reshape  the food system in Zambia  and will create fertile ground for the future  generation of farmers to continue to work and thrive.

Good food is right for all people in Zambia. Through successful  implementation of proposed interventions, good food will be accessible to all people in rural and urban areas of eastern province of Zambia.

By 2050 Small-scale farming will be economically viable in terms of  income generating  and  become a new model for rural economic development. 

The indicator outcome of the project  by 2050 will be translates into:

 (I) increased smallholders’ productivity; (ii) increased smallholders’ incomes; (iii) diversified rural livelihoods; and (iv) increased decent work opportunities in rural areas. Improvements in agricultural productivity will ultimately reducing poverty and improving livelihood of billions of people in Zambia and other  African countries.

Implementation of  Modern farming ways such as goats forming ways and conservation farming will improve soil fertility of land which will improve food production in rural Zambia this will contribute effectively to the sustainability and resilience of agri-food systems and improved rural livelihoods. 

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

In 2050 food will be sufficient and this will enable us achieve sustainable developmental Goal No 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere especially in southern Africa where levels of poverty are very high. 2050 will see a Africa of  free from poverty where good food is available to interconnected network and actors.

 By 2050 our vision is to have enough Good food to fed our children in schools and all communities, regardless of socio-economic background. Our vision is to see that Good food is served in restaurants and grocery stores. this will enable us meet Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

 By 2050 our vision is to meet Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Through collaborative and working with NGOs who implement nutrition and Health programs where will  taken advantage by providing financial services to beneficially, this will enable us achieve Major progress in improving the health of millions of people, increasing life expectancy, reducing maternal and child mortality and fighting against leading communicable diseases.

Through  provision  financial services to rural farmers will have positive impact in Higher and more stable income of the community as a whole this will enable us meet Our vision to Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

By 2050 will meet Goal 8. Promote sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all through Regional level: Creation of more jobs at the regional level will strengthen most of the microenterprise sector which in many developing countries represents the back-bone of the economy providing up to three quarters of jobs.

By 2050 will meet Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all  this will be achieved  upon adoption of solar energy use, will be able to reduce farmer’s vulnerability to climate change which result into hunger, energy-related co2 emissions by introducing renewable energy technology as a substitute for fossil fuel (paraffin and diesel) in rural areas remote from the national electricity grid and improving people’s livelihoods by improving their access to and affordability of modern energy service

By 2050 will achieve Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls through Improve access to financial services for both men and women to a range of productive (asset accumulation, working capital) and protective (mitigating risk exposure, including health issues) 

Our vision is that  the culture and attitude towards good food has changed. Through education campaigns, local and government  engagement, the value of good food and the methods of production are not only understood, they are embraced. Good food is right for all people in Zambia. Through purposeful outreach and interventions, our vision for 2050 is that good food is now accessible to people regardless of race and socio-economic status.  

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Thank you so much for the Food Extension Initiative.

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