To improve the food and income security at household level using techniques that ensure the eco -system is maintained

June 14, 2017

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To improve the food and income security at household level using techniques that ensure the eco -system is maintained

About the Implementing organization


Country: Zambia

Year of establishment: 2004

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status / Community enterprise or business


In populations characterised by poverty and household food insecurity, low purchasing power and lack of access to food are critical determinants of environment destruction. and natural resources depletion. Measures to diversify and increase food supply through preservation of seasonally available foods can help to improve food security. Value addition of seasonal foods and other plant products, both farmed and wild fruits, through processing and packaging help to boost income from trade in commodities that could otherwise have been wasted. Diversification: strengthening household resilience to shocks. A household is regarded as resilient if it can withstand at least one year of crop failure or bad rains without needing to resort to food assistance. There is strong evidence supporting the conservation farming techniques in building lasting household resilience to poor climatic conditions. This action is different from the others because it promotes the use of local resources to produce food while maintaining the eco-system. It prevents against destruction and encourages investment through conservation farming practices and biodiversity conservation. It departs from the usual way of doing business where people depend upon heavy use of chemical fertilisers hence extract and neglect to invest back. It is a sustainable way of producing because it is affordable.

Nature Element

Forests / Mountains / Rivers / Grasslands / Drylands / Wildlife

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Disaster risk reduction / Health / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

Benefits accruing to communities as a result of products being processed have motivated them to protect their environment and natural resources. Committees have been formed to provide stewardship to their natural resources with local forest assistants being identified to provide surveillance. Target community together with their traditional leaders (headmen) have formulated by-laws which guide the utilisation and management of their natural resources and equally deter destructive actions. They have forged partnership with the forest department to provide effective protection to the environment. They receive education from the department on the environment policy and what the role of the community is in ensuring that the local forests are sustainably managed. As a result, there have been sighting of small wild life which were at the verge of getting extinct in the area.

Sustainable Development Impacts

Jobs and livelihoods: The initiative gives an opportunity to target community to raise incomes and improve their food security status through sustainable production practices and harnessing of non-timber forest products. A total of 1500 direct beneficiaries have been reached while a total of 7,500 indirect beneficiaries have been reached. Individuals in communities where there are timber tree species, youths engage in carpentry for their livelihood. Food security: The initiative contributes to food security as the products are processed and preserved and consumed in times of scarcity. Water security: Protection of the environment and management helps to replenish the water table. Disaster risk reduction: Health forest and environment helps to mitigate climate shocks. Health: The initiative contributes to good health given the richness in micro nutrients found in most indigenous vegetables and foods being produced and processed.. Climate action: Withstands shocks,


The initiative is scalable because most areas are endowed with similar natural resources. It needs to be expanded because it is a local idea and can easily be taught to others that may be interested. It is also scalable because most small-scale farmers cannot afford chemical fertilisers and improved seeds. As a result, they are food insecure. An initiative like this which promotes food production using conservation farming techniques and harnessing of non-timber forest products using sustainable harvesting techniques needs to be scaled up to accord an opportunity to other people in other areas to improve their production and enhance their food security status .


The initiative is replicable owing to the fact that most parts of the country and Africa are endowed with abundant natural resources. Initiatives could be established on the basis of comparative advantage. Cross fertilisation of ideas and skills could be promoted to share experiences. A robust capacity development programme could be put in place to build capacity and to enhance product quality which can compete favourably on the world market. Appropriate technology for drying or dehydrating could be applied to ensure accessibility by most groups. Cook books and local recipes could be developed and exchanged to offer a diverse range of recipes which can be adopted by different country groups to make the foods attractive especially to the youths. Food fairs could be organised to allow for hands on training. Market linkages could be forged to encourage trade.

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