Promotion and use of improved on-farm water resources management methods and low-cost irrigation technologies for food security and poverty reduction by smallholder farmers in Mkushi, Kapiri Mposhi, Masaiti, Chingola Districts.
The project impacts are expected to translate into improved livelihoods of traditional farmers in Zambia through improved and affordable access to water and improved horticultural practices.The project's components are : Component 1: Institutional Capacity Building and Empowerment of Farmers : At the outset, the project will build the capacity of staff directly involved in the project to support farmers in horticulture activities, basic business management and repayment of loans. Farmers will then be organised under Farmer Clubs to facilitate both the delivery of the core activities of this project - training and credit - while also providing a cooperative framework for improved market access (inputs and outputs) and operations and maintenance of equipment. Component 2: Improving water access for enhanced productivity: To improve irrigation practices and productivity beyond the rope & bucket approach, the project will promote water use efficiency and conservation, in combination with a menu of three diverse low-cost pumping technologies - including manually operated rope pumps, treadle pumps and small motorized pumps (see Annex 8) - on a demand driven basis and according to the circumstances of each farmer. Given that the last two technologies are already well established and available in Zambia, this component will specifically focus on increasing the availability of rope pumps . This component will also introduce, where hydro-geological circumstances allow, manual drilling as a cost-effective alternative to hand dug wells or conventional drilling. These technologies will be introduced in the FC demonstration gardens, which will serve as 'class-rooms' for farmer trainings. Component 3: Credit Access Facilitation :Improving farmers' access to finance for small-scale water investments is a key aspect of increasing access to affordable irrigation systems. This component will bridge the gap between smallholders and the financial services sector, both by supporting farmers through the investment cycle as to reduce risk of default and by assisting the MFI in identifying the most credible clients. The MFIs will screen candidates and tailor the basic loan package in collaboration with DAPP, and to the specific circumstances of each credit beneficiary. Component 4 : Knowledge Dissemination : The project will disseminate widely the lessons learnt and best practices identified from successful farmer stories. This knowledge dissemination will be carried out at two different levels: (i) community outreach - whereby other farmers in the communities not directly involved in the project are sensitised on low-cost irrigation technologies and the means available for accessing them; (ii) stakeholder awareness - through the provision of detailed knowledge to the Government, NGOs and other development partners on low-cost irrigation alternatives and financial services as well as proposals for scaling-out. Component 5: Project Coordination and Monitoring : Project management systems will be put in place to ensure timely and efficient project implementation, including communication with and among partners and stakeholders. The project management activities with be undertaken by the Implementing Agency, DAPP. These activities will include the following tasks: Overall project coordination, Procurement; PSC coordination; Reporting and; Accounting and Audits.
The objective of this project is the promotion and use of improved on-farm water resources management methods and low-cost irrigation technologies for food security and poverty reduction by smallholder farmers in Mkushi, Kapiri Mposhi, Masaiti, Chingola Districts of Zambia.This will be achieved through: (i) enhanced institutional capacity of stakeholders; (ii) increased knowledge of farmers on water management, horticultural practices and basic business skills (iii) improved access to water and affordable irrigation technologies; (iv) improved access to tailored financial services and; (v) knowledge dissemination. In doing so, the project will enable smallholder families to gradually move to a more efficient and commercially oriented mode of production while also reducing their vulnerability to climate.
The proposed intervention will directly benefit 5,000 traditional farmers and build capacity at various institutional levels, while documenting and disseminating best practices and lessons learnt during project implementation. The project will be implemented by DAPP, a Zambian NGO, in partnership with CETZAM, an established micro-finance institution. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MACO) will also be fully involved at all levels and provide in-kind support. The project is also fully aligned with the relevant Zambian policy frameworks, namely the Fifth National Development Plan and its subsidiary Agriculture and Irrigation Policies.