The Challenge

Although Zambia has a reputation for political stability and a relatively efficient, transparent government, social conditions are tough.

In the Eastern Province of Zambia, where Send a Cow currently works, livestock are vital to the livelihoods of the vast majority of people – yet they tend to be poorly managed and low-yielding animals, leading to widespread food insecurity and poverty.

The Approach

Zambia’s remote, rural Eastern Province is extremely poor – yet has huge agricultural potential. With training and good quality livestock from Send a Cow and its partners Heifer Zambia and Self Help Africa, communities here are learning how to combat problems such as lack of job opportunities and high rates of HIV/Aids, and are build thriving, sustainable farms.

We work mainly with women in Zambia – and with good reason. Gender inequality is severe, and women are normally excluded from decision-making at home and in the wider community. Many have been widowed by HIV/Aids, or have taken in orphaned children.

The Impact

Through our sustainable agricultural training, farmers are making use of their livestock manure, and discovering that they can increase their crop yields and meet the demands of a rising population.

Our work also bolsters women’s confidence and skills. As they start to make a success of their farming and earn income for the very first time, their pride grows. They report happier families, and improved social status.

As elsewhere, climate change is making life even tougher for subsistence farmers. By learning how to integrate crops and livestock, families are discovering how to get the most of their land. We also train them in environmental protection techniques such as soil and water conservation, and agro-forestry.