Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI)

The Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI) is a youth-oriented organization in Zambia that empowers young people in rural and urban areas through sustainable agriculture. YEFI has a network of over 500,000 youth and has successfully addressed high unemployment rates, particularly in rural areas across Zambia, by establishing over 50 youth-led enterprises and creating 1,000 jobs. With their passion to protect biodiversity and critical natural resources, the organization has planted over 6,000 trees and conserved 5,000 hectares of forest. Additionally, YEFI promotes organic farming and agroecology practices, resulting in the regeneration of 10,000 hectares of degraded land and a significant reduction of at least 30% in nitrous oxide emissions per hectare. This has improved soil structure, minimized erosion, and enhanced plant health, ensuring the land's resilience to changing weather conditions. YEFI's efforts contribute to both resilient ecosystems and a just and prosperous food system, while also empowering youth through policy and awareness campaigns.

Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2023

Year of establishment: 2014

Location: Kalundu, Great East Road, Lusaka, Zambia

Ecosystem: Agricultural; Forests


Equator Prize 2023


Sub-Saharan Africa


Ecoagriculture and Food Security


Sustainable Forestry



Contact Information

Richard Kachungu
Cofounder and Executive Director


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