32%Land area used for agriculture
75%Live under the poverty line
15%Children under 5 are malnourished
Agriculture plays a prominent role in the lives of Zambians. Sixty percent of Zambia’s population lives in rural areas, and the World Bank reports that while only 32 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes, 72 percent of its total population relies on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Despite government aide, the poverty rate remains high. Zambia ranks 141 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). Almost 75 percent of its 14.54 million people live under the poverty line, or $1.25 a day, and 15 percent of its children under 5 are malnourished.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) listed small-scale agriculture and diversification of the rural economy as key ways in which Zambia can eradicate extreme hunger and poverty.
Our Work In Zambia
Our work in Zambia focuses on livestock value chains and women’s empowerment. Rising demand for animal products is creating market opportunities for farmers, yet small farmers find themselves increasingly locked out of markets due to complex supply and distribution channels and the demand for high value products. While providing training and focus on gender equity, Heifer works with small-holder farming families to improve access to markets through enterprise development and to improve marketing and entrepreneurial skills through group trainings.
Leadership training, HIV/AIDS and human rights training, Project participation
Value chain access, Post-harvest processing, Entrepreneurial skills development Veterinary training, Group savings, Farmer groups
Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Capacity and management training
Crop diversification, Vegetable gardening, Animal products, Nutrition training
Improved sanitation facilities, Appropriate technologies, Improved cookstoves Agroecology, Reforestation
Programs and Projects
Copperbelt Rural Livelihood Enhancement Project
ELITEEnhanced Livestock Trade and Enterprise Project
Integrated Livestock Trade and Enterprise Project
Enhancing Smallholder Livestock Markets and Enterprise Project
WEATWomen’s Empowerment through Animal Traction Project
Luapula Goat Project