The Future Community Foundation

Zambia Placeholder
Zambia

Name: The Future Community Foundation
Country: Zambia
Year of establishment: 2019
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization, Legally recognized non-profit status, Public-private partnership, Indigenous Peoples’ group or organization, Youth group or association

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The Future Community Foundation

Zambia Placeholder
Zambia

Name: The Future Community Foundation
Country: Zambia
Year of establishment:
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization, Legally recognized non-profit status, Public-private partnership, Indigenous Peoples’ group or organization, Youth group or association

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Description

Mumbwa is district that specializes in crop farming and due to seasonal rainfall it is facing challenges as they cannot grow crops year out because of water shortage. This isincreasing hunger, poverty and unemployment among the people of Mumbwa, furthercausing unsustainable livelihoods. Challenges that include:
1)lack of access tofinances,
2) shortage of skills,
3)insufficient information on how to set up and run livestock business and
4)inadequate training and mentorship opportunities, are making ithard for them to diversify to livestock farming.

Future Community Foundation aims to address these by distributing small livestock that are chickens, goats and pigs to small-holder farmers in Mumbwa district. Future Community Foundation aims to target youths of Mumbwa community and women to ensure sustainable livelihoods, reduce the number of people living below the poverty line by creating employment.

Livestock productivity in Mumbwa district is constrained by poor animal husbandry practices, seasonally poor nutrition, and accessibility of water in the dry season, inadequate livestock infrastructure and high disease incidences. Farmers are poorly educated in these areas and, despite the abundant rangeland, dry season animal nutrition is poor due to low protein availability from grass-based pastures.

Nature Element: Agricultural
Type of Action:
Sustainable Development Element: Jobs and livelihoods (SDG 1) , Food security (SDG 2) , Sustainable communities and disaster risk reduction (SDG 11) , Climate action (SDG 13) 

Nature Element: Agricultural
Type of Action:
Sustainable Development Element: Jobs and livelihoods (SDG 1) , Food security (SDG 2) , Sustainable communities and disaster risk reduction (SDG 11) , Climate action (SDG 13) 

Environmental Impacts

Future Community Foundation aims at providing opportunities for youth projects from Mumbwa district to receive entrepreneurship training to empower young people, particularly young mothers, youths with disabilities and women headed households, who live in the rural area of Mumbwa. In 2012, 45.4% of Zambian population were below the age of 15 years and 20.8% in the 15-24 years age bracket. Two thirds of the population live in rural areas and rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, 62% of female headed households live in extreme poverty and communities have inadequate access to basic services, limited opportunities for a sustainable livelihood and insufficient protection and support from legal and state institutions.

The vulnerability of ecosystems and of rural communities is increasing in the face of various economic, social and climate phenomena. The people most affected being indigenous communities, women, persons with disability and youth who are most reliant on these resources to sustain their livelihoods. That is why we hope to improve these groups of people in Mumbwa to ensure equality in the society. Since a big fraction of children in rural areas do not have access to quality education, we believe improving household livelihoods will give them opportunities to quality education (SDG4).

Increasing awareness on linkages between climate change and food security.
Improving food security through adoption of climate smart agriculture practices.
Enhance adaptation and preparedness of the vulnerable communities of the area.

The aim of the proposed project is to build a sustainable livelihoods programme and adaptation to climate change with the support of rural farming community. The project will provide scientific solutions to increase the adaptive capacities of the rural farmers. The project will contribute in the best agronomic practices to suit the agro-environment of the region and develop a sustainable livelihood in age of climate change.

Sustainable Development Impacts

Future Community Foundation has recently through other projects discovered that working in groups increases productivity, encourage smooth flow of ideas among teammates and decision making becomes easy. We will encourage people to work in groups to impart knowledge to a number of people easily, different people with varying strengths will be strategically positioned in each group to help them focus on core business goals. Leaders in the groups are empowered with leadership and decision making abilities that will be shared among the group members. Establishing strong partnerships with government stakeholders and institutions increases opportunities and being able to handle a strong growing business. Partnering with big players in the livestock industry like Zambeef help us also to nurture our teams and equip them with technological knowhow to handle growth and expansion, since farmer adoption of improved animal husbandry practices for profitable livestock production is constrained.

RESILIENCE, ADAPTABILITY, AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY

FCF working collaboratively with the Government of Zambia, through the Ministry of Youth and Child Development (MYSCD) in providing opportunities for youth projects from youth associations to receive entrepreneurship training aimed at increasing empowerment of young people and youths with disabilities. FCF is in collaboration with out-grower households, SMEs and Commercial Farmers in the field of stocking and restocking as an avenue for improving rural poor household income and quality of life.This initiative aims to address some of the challenges while scaling up innovative interventions for youth empowerment and entrepreneurship resulting in the improvement of the livelihoods, income earning opportunities, wellbeing and resilience of young people, especially young women and people living with disabilities. It is underpinned by the theory of change that the implementation of catalytic interventions will expand the capacity of young people to scale up their ideas and businesses.

REDUCED INEQUALITIES

As a result, the project uses a three-pronged approach that aims to:
1. Harness youth led innovations to create a transformational impact for SDG acceleration;
2. Empower youth entrepreneurship as a viable path to foster youth social inclusion and economic opportunities;
3. Strengthen the livelihoods of youths by supporting access to finance for youth-led businesses and micro-small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) that are striving to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The implementation of the above approach will result in the four following outputs:
• Output 1: 12 youth led innovations that have a high potential for digital transformational impact in the areas of climate change and are nurtured and tested across 5 provinces (North-western, Copperbelt, Luapula, Lusaka and Southern) in Zambia;
• Output 2: Empowering youth entrepreneurship for 5 youth groups, targeting 40 youth led businesses including 24 young women led businesses 3 provinces (Lusaka, Central and Copperbelt) as a viable path to foster youth social inclusion and economic opportunities;
• Output 3: Strengthening the livelihoods of youths by supporting at least 350 MSMEs led by youths across the country, which 60% are headed by young women, have access to finance to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic;
• Output 4: Strengthened collaboration for the development of multi-stakeholder programme(s) or project(s) on youth empowerment and employment.

GENDER EQUALITY

Low investment in innovation and technology, low maintenance of standards leading to quality products, and lack of use of the abundant natural resources available in Zambia have impeded the sustainability of entrepreneurship in Zambia. In addition, challenges for young entrepreneurs in Zambia are more apparent and include lack of access to finance, skills shortages, insufficient information on how to set up and run a business, inadequate mentorship and training opportunities, and an absence of focus on product innovation and process innovation . Without marketable skills or capabilities for lifelong learning youth are condemned to persistent, deepening poverty. As a result, innovative initiatives where young people are enabled and empowered to co-create solutions that address unemployment and job creation are imperative. Despite a high youth unemployment rate, the entrepreneurial spirit of young Zambian’s is strong and an important asset for sustained economic growth and social cohesion. However, the entrepreneurship ranking of Zambia is amongst the lowest in the world (Zambia is ranked 102 out of 137 countries) and its Global Competitiveness Index is 120 out of 141 countries . To sensitize the farming community in rural Zambia about the linkages between agriculture, food security and climate change.
To promote adoption of climate adoptive agriculture practices suitable for the agro-ecological region of rural Nigeria through capacity building and training of farmers.

Scalability

December 2021: Future Community Foundation has an ongoing contract with UNDP targeting 20 youths in Lusaka, 4 of them with disabilities, grouped them in 4 per each project and the low value grant is k355 160 will benefit all 20youths. March 2020-May 2021: FCF with support from Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment Programme, in this proposed partnership: 1. Identified and mobilized 30 000 beneficiary youth households, 60% female, 40% male and households that are vulnerable but with special interest and consideration for differently abled persons; 2. Facilitated training social inclusion.

Replicability

Productive and Resilient Livestock sectors to expand income earning opportunities that are decent and sustainable, especially for youths and women in Mumbwa. Harnessing Youth Potential for Transformational Impact through Small-Livestock Value Chains. The challenges affecting the Small-livestock farmers in Mumbwa are more apparent and include lack of access to finance, skills shortages, insufficient information on how to setup and run livestock businesses, inadequate mentorship and training opportunities, and absence of focus on product innovation and process.