ON 26TH NOVEMBER 2020, MARTIN RICHENHAGEN FUTURE FARM (MRFF) & WORLD WILDLIFE FUND FOR NATURE (WWF) – ZAMBIA SIGNED AN MOU TO PROMOTE LAND RESTORATION AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN THE WESTERN PROVINCE OF ZAMBIA
The MOU is aimed at protecting the natural environment through sustainable smart agriculture and increasing the productivity of 4500 farmers in the western province of Zambia. These organizations recognized the importance of climate smart agriculture and need to empower communities, particularly women and youth by developing their knowledge and skills in agricultural practices and technologies for climate adaptation and mitigation. Through this partnership, the Future Farm will provide expertise and capabilities on sustainable agriculture and conservation practices in the Kaza area of Zambia.
This will involve provision of modern farming tools and technologies as well as conducting field demonstrations specifically in precision Agriculture and crop storage equipment to support the project. WWF & MRFF will combine their expertise to contribute to improved conservation and management of Zambia’s natural resources.
The two organizations will design and implement capacity building programs and initiatives that contribute to effective land use management, adoption of sustainable smart agriculture and improved mechanised agricultural practices to boost food production.
“As a global leader in agriculture and mechanization, we want to scale-up partnership that promote food security and meet the basic food needs of people. Our approach for this intervention is to provide immediate solutions to food insecurity challenges by ensuring small-scale farmers have access to knowledge, skills, technology and innovations to boost production and improve their economic livelihoods” said, Kalongo Chitengi, General Manager, AGCO Zambia.
Strategic interventions by the two organizations will support climate-smart agriculture, mitigating the impact of climate change on the environment and enhancing productivity of smallholder farmers.
The project will be implemented over a five year period and seeks to strengthen agricultural resilience, restore agroecosystems and improve livelihoods and adaptive capacity of the smallholder farmers and the vulnerable communities in Zambia.