Stories from the Field: Agricultural Training in the Western Cluster, Zambia
Last year, the Youth Empowerment Centre was established in Luampa, Zambia. This centre provides an opportunity for young men and women to acquire skills in crop, livestock and fish production.
So far, this project has trained 113 youths. Of those trained, 78 attained increased knowledge in agricultural crop, poultry and fish production and 25 of them were supplied with agricultural inputs. This group was able to grow food to help feed their families. Additionally, the centre offers workshops in reproductive health and nutrition for the participants. This centre has provided a much needed outlet for the youth in the community. Instead of spending time engaging in risky behaviour, including loitering, drug and alcohol abuse, the youth have had the opportunity to take up a productive activity to increase their livelihood.
Amos is one of the volunteers supporting the project team in Luampa, and he is notably vulnerable. He has eight children, seven girls and one boy. Amos and his family have in the past found it a challenge to meet the basic needs of their household of 10 people. His wife was one of the beneficiaries of this project. She chose to be trained in poultry farming with a group of four others. When interviewed by the project team, Amos said, “My wife has earned enough money from the sale of chickens. We were able to plant two acres of groundnuts and one acre of monkey nuts. In addition, we were also able to meet labour costs for the preparation of land. From the same money we earned from the sale of chickens, we managed to pay school fees for our grade 9 school going daughter.”
This project is part of the larger Journeying Together programme located in the Western Province of Zambia, an area with immense social problems, where three out of every four people live in extreme poverty. We thank Misean Cara and our private donors for their support of the Journeying Together programme in Zambia.