Kasanka Conservation Farmers Group

August 3, 2017

Zimbabwe Placeholder
Zimbabwe

Kasanka Conservation Farmers Group

About the Implementing organization

Name: Kasanka Trust

Country: Zambia

Year of establishment: 1986

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization, Legally recognized non-profit status, Public-private partnership, Indigenous group or organization

Description

Kasanka Trust supports Kasanka Conservation Farmers Group to implement their savings and loan scheme. A group of 32 (10 male and 22 female) farmers from all VAGs surrounding Kasanka Natioal Park to undertake training in conservation farming and microfinance, which was provided by Kansanshi Institute Trainers and funded by Quantum First Mines. The training covered conservation farming principles; integrating small livestock keeping in conservation farming producing green charcoal from maize cobs and cassava flour and village banking as a way of empowering communities financially to start small businesses.

The park supports the group in providing a meeting space for the savings and loan group to meet. A number of those involved have begun to establish new groups in their own villages to pass on the benefits to a wider group.

Nature Element

Forests / Grasslands / Wildlife

Type of Action

Protection / Sustainable use

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Disaster risk reduction

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

    

Environmental Impacts

The conservation agriculture elements of training that the farmers received are proven to support sustainable natural resource management.

Sustainable Development Impacts

The work of Kasanka Trust contribuites to a number of the Global Goals, in particular goals 1,4, 8 and 15.

Scalability

This project has not been expanded to national level but could easily be expanded to other National Parks

Replicability

This project has not been expanded to national level but could easily be expanded to other National Parks.

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