Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project (ZIFLP)


Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project (ZIFLP)

EFF in collaboration with the World Bank and provincial authorities, has been a vital implementing partner for the Zambia Integrated Forestry Landscape Project (ZIFLP) in Eastern Province since 2020. In the 2020-2021 planting season, the project distributed 1.2 million seedlings to 15,000 farming households, intercropped with staple crops, such as maize and soya. With a focus on cashew crop management and intercropping practices, extensive training was provided to farmers, with 42% being women, contributing significantly to gender empowerment. The initiative also generated 735 jobs through seedling production and distribution.

In 2022-2023, EFF expanded its impact under ZIFLP, involving 84 schools that planted 12,800 cashew trees over 185 hectares. Sustainability efforts included establishing 41 demonstration cashew farms, collaborating with entities like the Farmer Training Centre, and rehabilitating 8,720 trees. Innovative techniques were introduced to combat challenges such as water stress and animal grazing, including using recycled plastic bottles for efficient water supply and organic fertilizer from chicken manure pellets.

The project organized additional pre-planting sensitization trainings, with increased participation from 2,359 male and 1,030 female farmers. Five new cashew nurseries and 24 demonstration plots were established, with training programs empowering individuals, including 36 men and 56 women trained as nursery operators and pot fillers. Cashew seedling distribution increased to 314,445, benefiting 3,389 households across five districts and involving 27 agriculture camps. This evolving program meets the rising demand for high-quality cashew nut seedlings, thereby advancing sustainable agriculture in Zambia.

Agricultural Productivity: Enhance agricultural productivity through sustainable and climate-smart practices, improved access to quality seeds, fertilisers, and modern technologies, and training for small-scale farmers. b. Irrigation and Water Management: Promote water conservation techniques, efficient irrigation systems, and integrated water resource management to ensure a reliable water supply for agriculture. c. Diversification: Encourage crop diversification to enhance food availability and household nutrition by promoting the cultivation of smart food crops and high-value crops for increased income generation. d. Storage and Distribution: Strengthen post-harvest management and improve storage infrastructure to reduce household food losses; and promote efficient aggregation systems for improved inputs distribution and access to markets. e. Market Linkages & Financial Services: Support the establishment or farmer cooperatives/ organisations for effective produce aggregation and market linkages, and provide technical assistance to enable small-scale producers to access domestic and international markets and financial services, fostering income generation and economic growth. f. Skills Training and Capacity Building: Facilitate agronomic training, entrepreneurship development, and business management skills to enhance the capacity of smallholder farmers and communities to generate sustainable incomes.
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