Empowering Vulnerable Rural Women Through Agriculture and Reforestation -
This activity is helping women farmers in Zambia organize self-help groups to promote village
forests and conservation farming. “Empowering Vulnerable Rural Women Through Agriculture and
Reforestation,” sponsored by the Kachere Development Program, is intended to
boost agroforestry and food security, giving women alternative ways of making money and breaking
the chain of male domination.
- Presently 860 women organized into 46 self-help groups
- 1,400 beneficiaries planned for expanded program
- Kachere Development Program has planted more than 3,000 trees and trained 126 farmers
Zambia’s Eastern Province is one of the country’s major food baskets, and women account for the
vast majority of small-scale farmers. But poverty levels are high, and women are often just used as cheap
labor. Rural farmers’ methods have for some time been contributing to land degradation and
“Empowering Vulnerable Rural Women Through Agriculture and Reforestation” seeks to promote
better natural resource management and farming methods adapted to climate change. Working with self-help
groups in the Chipata and Petauke districts, Kachere Development Program is supporting conservation farming
and promoting village forest demonstration projects.
Helping the planet
Agroforestry reduces deforestation, preventing climate change. Improved farming methods reduce pressure on
natural resources like freshwater and land, while also increasing land and water quality.
The activity provides women with new means to make money, allowing them to start up small businesses and
better support their families. As women organize themselves into self-help groups, they are better able to
influence decision-making in the traditionally male-dominated society.
The project is planned to be rolled out to other areas where tobacco farming has caused rampant
deforestation. Plans to increase the number of beneficiaries from 860 to 1,400 reflect potential for the
project to grow.
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