Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiative

The action was designed to help improve access to climate change mitigation and adaptation information and climate smart and productivity-enhancing agricultural production technologies and practices, through training and hands-on practice. 
  • General Information

  • Case Study Name
    Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiative 
  • Organisation(s) Involved

    Zambia National Farmers’ Union
    Swedish Cooperative Centre (SCC) Partnership 

  • Timeframe
    The initiative was a one-year pilot project in the year 2012, with all farmers having planted the trees, while two DFAs are establishing commercial tree nurseries 
  • Location/Region

    The project is nationally coordinated but locally implemented in six (6) districts:

    • Katete and Petauke in Eastern Province
    • Choma and Mazabuka in Southern Province
    • Mpongwe in Copperbelt Province
    • Mumbwa in Central Province.
  • Brief Desctiption Of Case
    The action was designed to help improve access to climate change mitigation and adaptation information and climate smart and productivity-enhancing agricultural production technologies and practices, through training and hands-on practice.
  • Objectives

  • Primary Objective
    The primary objective of the project was to improve access to skills training and information on climate change specific issues (i.e. effects, mitigation and adaptation measures) and increase fruit production among its small scale farmers. 
  • Expected Results
    • Increased knowledge in climate smart agricultural practices
    • On-farm climate smart agricultural practices established by small scale farmers
    • Two district commercial nurseries established  
  • Impact/Outcomes

  • Results To Date
    • ZNFU has conducted preparatory trainings in climate smart agricultural practices for 120 small scale farmers in the six districts
    • Approximately 6,000 tree seedlings have been distributed among small scale farmers, which have been planted in the field
    • District commercial nurseries have been sited, fenced and water reticulation systems installed  
  • Challenges And Lessons Learned
    • Training, establishment of nurseries and climate smart practices , as well as demonstration of results could not be done within a one-year period because such initiatives require longer periods to show results
    • Establishment of district nurseries requires earlier identification of suitable/preferred species and timely collection of planting materials
    • Since these initiatives require longer time and cross-learning, there is need for a dedicated team within the framework of ZNFU-SCC partnership to closely coordinate & support district effort. Climate change initiatives should also be developed within the larger framework of programs rather than a one-year project to build on sustainability and member service delivery  
  • Success Factors
    • Capacity to link climate change initiative with other organizations
    • Technical competence in ZNFU and SCC to support district actions
    • Decentralized nature/structures of ZNFU
    • Climate change tends to affect the lives of already marginalised farmers more negatively and ZNFU small scale farmer members have come to a realization that they are affected by climate change and those solutions can be found locally with guided technical support.
    • Development of a farmer support system for supply of seedlings locally and cross learning  
  • Scale-Up Potential
    • Planning and integration of climate change initiatives within the core support program of the ZNFU.
    • Completion of establishment of district commercial tree nurseries
    • Implementation of study circles around established sustainable agriculture and land management practices
    • Training of ZNFU field staff to support farmers in the communities
    • Conducive government policy to create jobs through reforestation  
  • Additional Information

  • Contact Person And Contact Details

    Executive Director.
    Zambia National Farmers’ Union.  

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