Education
 Zambia
Project #10448

Seeds for Life in Zambia

by The Butterfly Tree
Vetted
Jan 7, 2013

Crops Destroyed

Zambia has been plagued with an infestation of army worms, which started in the Northern and Eastern Provinces and is now down in the Southern Province and Mukuni has been hard hit. December to March is prime growing time and just when the maize was sprouting the army worms have destroyed all the crops in the area. President Sada has announced it as a national disaster and if it is not controlled in time Zambia could face a severe famine next year. With maize and fuel already in short supply new ways must be found to provide food for these needy people and to prevent further major issues.

Most rural communites rely on maize, which is Zambia´s staple diet. Crops are planted in December and harvested from March onwards. The corn is left to dry on the stalks, after picking it is ground and stored. This has to suffice vulnerable people during the dry months of April through to November. With two thirds of the population living on less than a dollar a day maize is the staple diet. When ground the maize is mixed with water to make a porridge for breakfast. For supper it is boiled and mashed to eat with vegetables and ground nuts.

With the destruction of the crops in many parts of Zambia the government are assisting the large farmers, but very little help is given the outreach communities. There is still time to replace the loss of crops by giving each family a bag of seeds. It cost just $20 and will provide enough food to feed a family for many months. Although there is always hunger in these rural communities, without this aid, many areas could be affected by famine by the end of 2013.

The Butterfly Tree is targeting the most needy families, giving the seeds to womand and girls who will plant tand control the project. Since the end of December 2012 over $2000 has been allocated for seeds. Please help us to help them ovecome this catastrophe.

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The Butterfly Tree

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.thebutterflytree.org.uk/​pages/​
Project Leader:
Jane Kaye-Bailey
Warwick, Warwcikshire United Kingdom

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