AFAP Partners with Zambian Ministry of Agriculture to Boost Agronomic Practices and Farmer Training Across 10 Provinces

07 Feb 2024

The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is proud to announce a collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture for Zambia, led by the Permanent Secretary – Administration, Mrs. Yvonne S. Mpundu. Under this partnership, AFAP has been granted approval to establish 620 demonstration plots and conduct practical farmer training sessions across all 10 provinces of Zambia.

The initiative aims to enhance agricultural productivity and empower local farmers with essential knowledge and skills in good agronomic practices (GAP). These practices include soil testing, lime application, fertilizer application, early planting techniques, crop protection product (CPP) usage, and post-harvest handling. By disseminating such vital information, AFAP and the Ministry of Agriculture seek to improve crop yields, increase farm profitability, and contribute to food security in Zambia.

Through the establishment of demonstration plots and the organization of practical farmer training sessions, AFAP aims to reach approximately 110,000 farmers across Zambia. These training sessions will utilize the Lead Farmer-Follower Farmer model, where trained farmers will subsequently impart their knowledge to fellow farmers within their communities. The initiative will be conducted in close collaboration with extension staff under the Department of Agriculture, ensuring effective dissemination of agricultural best practices at the grassroots level.

The Permanent Secretary Mrs. Yvonne S. Mpundu emphasized the Ministry’s commitment to working hand-in-hand with AFAP to further strengthen agricultural extension services in Zambia. In addition to setting up demonstration plots, the Ministry encourages AFAP to establish demos at Farmer Training Centres (FTCs) and Farm Institutes (FIs) using the farmer field school approach. Selected camps within the provinces will also host AFAP’s demonstration plots, maximizing the reach and impact of the initiative.

This collaboration between AFAP and the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture underscores the shared commitment to sustainable agricultural development and the empowerment of smallholder farmers. By leveraging innovative approaches and fostering partnerships, AFAP continues to play a pivotal role in transforming agricultural landscapes and improving livelihoods across the African continent.