The districts of Mongu and Limulunga, in the Western Province, are among the poorest in Zambia. The population lives on agriculture and livestock and supplements this with an illegally production of coal. In collaboration with Caritas Mongu, CELIM has launched a project that, by leveraging the production of vegetables, moringa and dried mango, can offer the inhabitants of three villages safe sources of income and healthy food. The project will also aim at introducing the production of vegetable and ecological fuels to replace the use of wood.
Objective: fighting poverty by introducing cultivation, processing and sales techniques for agricultural products; protecting the environment by producing pellets and making the production of charcoal obsolete.
1,500 beneficiaries in three villages
Cultivation and processing of moringa, mango and sweet potato
195,000 indirect beneficiaries
Zambia is a country in southern Africa that counts about 16 million inhabitants. The country’s national economy relies on its huge mineral resources, copper in particular (Zambia being one of the main world producers of this metal together with Chile). Most of its population however still lives below the poverty line (54.4%).
The project will concern the districts of Mongu and Limulunga, in the Western Province. In this depressed region 80% of the population lives below the poverty line. The population practices subsistence agriculture and farming. To supplement their budget, between 65 and 70% of families produce coal illegally by burning wood. This results in pollution and severe deforestation.
The project has two objectives: starting eco-sustainable farming activities that will generate an income for families, and setting up a pellet production activity using vegetable waste.
1) Agricultural activities will focus on the preparation of vegetable gardens to grow vegetables for direct consumption or to be sold at markets, and the cultivation of moringa, sweet potato and mango.
2) Pellets will be made from agricultural waste by decomposing and compacting it
The direct beneficiaries are the 1,500 inhabitants of three villages who, little by little, will be able to abandon the illegal production of coal and undertake income-generating agricultural activities; moreover, thanks to the pellets, they will also dispose of an environmentally friendly energy source. The beneficiaries will be gathered in local associations and, in addition to the required technical training, they will also be given the tools for processing the raw materials to sell them on the market.
It is estimated that the project will benefit indirectly at least 195,000 people, who will be able to enjoy preserved forests, clean energy and better quality agricultural products in greater quantities.