Delegation of the European Union to Zambia and COMESA

Scaling up conservation agriculture in Zambia

16/08/2016 - 12:40
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"When we harvest maize, we leave the stalks in the field. Parts of these stalks are eaten by the livestock. The fibrous part which is not eaten by the animals adds nutrients to the soil but, at the same time, when it rains, the stalks, used as mulch,help the soil to retain its moisture." Christopher Penias Chamoto, Lead Farmer"

67 % of the Zambian population depends on agriculture but agricultural productivity does not keep up with the annual population growth rate of 3%.Moreover, policies have favoured maize at the expense of crop diversification. Conservation agriculture is a way of increasing productivity even under reduced rainfall while maintaining soil fertility. Although conservation agriculture is known in Zambia, it still requires more widespread adoption. The project aims at increasing the number of farmers having adopted conservation agriculture through peer-learning, improved inputs and reliable markets.

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