Creating business opportunities for smallholder farmers in Rural Mumbwa so as to reduce rural and urban poverty among women and youths.
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
I am Zambian citizen who has lived much of my life time in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. My first job was in Mumbwa District where I saw how smallholder farmers live in abject poverty. I feel with my skills and what I have started, TM Choice Meat Company Limted, trading as TM Choice Meat, I could make a great difference in the lives of these smallholder farmers if I was given the necessary financial and mentorship support. I would like to contribute immensely to eradication of poverty amongst smallholder farmers in this area through the provision of reliable markets and employment opportunities to both rural and urban women and youths.
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.
Smallholder farmers in this area are mainly involved in mixed farming. However, with the advent of climate change, their crops have been failing mainly because of persistent drought and advent of army worms. Mostly, they eat one meat per day. The hopes for a better life are shattered with no means to the desired end.
Potential source of sustainable livelihood is through rearing of livestock, goats and cattle. However, they lack skills, knowledge and good markets to manage disease burden and sustainably exploit this livestock sector. Hence the need to step in, offer the much needed training on livestock production and offer lucrative markets closer to their farms.
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
- Climate change impacting negatively on crop production by smallholder farmers. Production of food crops dwindling leading to food insecurity and increasing poverty levels.
- Livestock production facing recurrent disease burden and tick borne related diseases
- Technologically backward
- No policy in place to develop systems to mitigate impact of climate change and disease burden
- If not addressed now, Livestock will reduce to levels where there is unsustainable supply of meat products.
- Crop production likely to significantly reduced unless measures are taken now.
- Poverty and hunger escalated to extreme levels.
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
Our vision will address the above challenges by offering comprehensive training to farmers on how to mitigate the low cattle production, disease burden and provide lucrative market for the livestock products.
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.
Food security will be achieved and poverty will be eradicated. The general standard of living will be enhanced and people's sense of living will be rekindled and realised as their incomes grow.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
The model can be replicated in other areas with similar circumstances,the government would be lobbied to take a leaf from our undertaking on policy development to support such initiatives with conducive policies or tax incentives. The environment will be better managed to mitigate effects of climate change, smallholder farmers' incomes will improve to enable them have 3 meals per day and send their children to school.
Smallholder will afford to invest in improved technologies to enjoy and a culture of investment in farm assets such as irrigation systems would be realised from improved incomes. The vision will be able to create a meat value chain that will support distributors, wholesalers and the mushrooming of traders in drugs for animals. Economic activities will heighten and attract providers of financial services.