In Mufumbwe District in the north-western part of Zambia an EU GCCA+ funded climate smart agriculture project has begun to bear fruit: 5 000 people are benefitting from tomatoes, green vegetables, egg plants, ginger, garlic, beans, groundnuts, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and bananas produced under the project.
Project manager Mailes Zulu said 200 farmers involved in the project which is spread over 14 hectares have improved their livelihoods after selling the produce to the local communities. The farmers are using the produce to feed their families and selling the surplus to the communities surrounding them. A borehole and a drip irrigation system were drilled and installed to provide water for the vegetables and fruit trees planted by the beneficiaries.
“When we request for money, this is where it goes,” she says, pointing at the flourishing crop of groundnuts and pumpkin leaves. The project has been so successful that it has received recognition by the Government of Zambia.
The Mufumbwe project is managed by Save the Environment and People Agency (SEPA) under close supervision by CCARDESA, with funding from the European Union (EU) under the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) programme, in collaboration with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and climate change on food and nutrition security. The project is receiving extension services from Zambia’s Ministry of Agriculture.
It is part of an extension of the GCCA+ programme which seeks to strengthen the capacity of SADC Member States to undertake regional and national adaptation and mitigation actions in response to the challenges caused by the effects of climate change. The EU has contributed €8 million to the overall GCCA+ project to increase the capabilities of SADC Member States to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, and to have their voices better heard in the international climate change negotiations.
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