The economic situation in Zambia is desperate.The cost of food has risen to such heights that many cannot afford to buy even the staple cornmeal. Vegetables are beyond the reach of most poor families. We work within a community of families with children with disabilities in Livingstone, Zambia. Last summer we began a monthly distribution of staple food items to these families and want to continue as long as is needed, but our long term goal is to start a cooperative farm.
Prices of food have doubled in the past year and COVID-19 has completely disrupted the economy, which was already suffering from International debt load and inefficient government practices. Our community of families who have children with disabilities has always struggled to provide basic necessities like medical care, education, shelter and food. We serve families associated with the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Home who provides free services for handicapped children in a culture that ignores them.
Initially we seek to provide basic food staples delivered monthly, and to support the creation of small group vegetable gardens where there is land enough. People in our community are knowledgable about farming and only need seeds, water and space. We will begin with small multifamily gardens on plots owned by participants or permitted by landlords. Our long term goal is to create a communal farm.
All of our people belong to one or more of several local ethnic groups and are eligible to purchase traditional land quite cheaply from the local Chief who controls the traditional land. We want to buy 20 acres to establish a working communal farm, or several small farms within. Our project manager is himself a farmer in an agricultural village nearby and can provide the guidance to establish successful crops to feed our 30 families. This is something they have been desiring to do.
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