Heifer Zambia

Land area used for agriculture

Live under the poverty line

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.

3171 Families
Were Assisted in FY2014

Livestock Placed In FY2014

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.

Evelyn Mwila (40) and Charity Mwila (21) at their store in Makonloni village, Zambia.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Leadership training, HIV/AIDS and human rights training, Project participation

  • Increased Income

    Value chain access, Post-harvest processing, Entrepreneurial skills development Veterinary training, Group savings, Farmer groups

  • Social Capital

    Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Capacity and management training

  • Nutrition

    Crop diversification, Vegetable gardening, Animal products, Nutrition training

  • Environment

    Improved sanitation facilities, Appropriate technologies, Improved cookstoves Agroecology, Reforestation

Programs and Projects

  • Copperbelt Rural Livelihood Enhancement Project


    Enhanced Livestock Trade and Enterprise Project
  • Integrated Livestock Trade and Enterprise Project

  • Enhancing Smallholder Livestock Markets and Enterprise Project

  • WEAT

    Women’s Empowerment through Animal Traction Project
  • Luapula Goat Project

Project Partners


  • Send a cow
  • Elanco
  • Bóthar
  • Department for International Development UK (DFID)
  • UN World Food Program
  • Self Help Africa

Local implementing partners

  • Village Water
  • Plan International
  • Oxfam
  • National Food and Nutrition Commission
  • Expanded Church Response (ECR)
  • Zambia Governance Foundation
  • Zambia National Farmers Union
  • Government of Zambia


Heifer International Zambia

P.O. Box 38237, Lusaka, Zambia

T: 260.1.2956996/256956

F: 260-1-257163

E: heifer.zambia@heifer.org

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